Who is Shane Kilcher? What happened in the accident?

Hardship is part of every day for Shane Kilcher. Facing the adversity of nature Shane and his wife live in the isolated community of Homer, Alaska. The third generation Kilcher, Shane follows in the footstep of his grandfather Yule Kilcher who began homesteading culture. Even though rough wilderness and daunting sub-zero temperatures, the Kilcher family makes a living surrounded by the adversity of nature look easier. They grow their own food, and livestock, hunt, fishes, and builds cabin with the resources around them. Abiding by, Shane performs anything from lumberjack, and carpentry to cabin construction works. Follow us as we reveal the facts about Shane Kilcher. Don’t miss out on the horrible accident he suffered while building a cabin house.

Who is Shane Kilcher?

Other than being a hard-working guy Shane Kilcher is a TV personality. He is also known for his poetry and singing ability. Shane rose to fame after appearing in the reality show “Alaska The Last Frontier.” After his debut in 2012, he appeared in 55 episodes until 2017. In the following seasons, Shane was demoted to the recurring cast member list giving him limited screen time.

Married to Kelli Ware Kilcher

Shane is married to his longtime wife Kelli Ware Kilcher. The couple met back in school days when Shane was a senior at Steller Secondary School. The couple began dating after the pair got close at a friend’s birthday party. After dating for a few years, the pair completed the nuptial in a ceremony among friends and family. Their wedding ceremony was held on June 20, 1992.

Shane and Kelli Ware Kilcher on their wedding day

Shane is a supportive husband and wanted Kelli to continue her education after marriage. Kelli completed her nursing at Maric College in 1999. Since, Kelli has worked at several hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital, Anchorage Pediatric group.


In 30 years of marriage, the couple has given birth to four children Keena Tarik Kilcher, Jareth Kilcher, Reid Kilcher, and Jenna Kilcher. Even after so many years Shane and Kelli evidently illustrate their love for each other on social media. Shane and Kelli’s family tree extends with several grandchildren. On July 9, 2022, they welcomed the birth of granddaughter Anastasia Rosalie Kilcher who was born healthy with a weight of 6 lbs 10 oz. The baby girl was born to their daughter Jenna Kilcher and her partner Owen Fell.

Parents & Siblings:

Shane Kilcher is a third-generation Kilcher in Alaska of Swiss origin. His grandparents Yule Kilcher and Ruth Weber came from Switzerland during the tension of the second world war. Shane is the eldest born of  Atz Kilcher, a singer and tv personality, and Lenedra Carroll, a singer. His younger sister Jewel Kilcher is an international pop star with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. His brother Atz Lee Kilcher features in the discovery show “Alaska Last Frontier” and his half-brother Nikos Kilcher is pursuing a career as a professional singer.

Nikos, Atz, Jewel, Atz Lee and Shane Kilcher (L-R)

Shane would have another sibling if not for the unfortunate tragedy. His parents lost a child less than one-year-old due to sudden death. Although the couple got past the heartbreak, later the relationship ended with a divorce in 1982. Atz Kilcher is currently married to Bonnie Dupree. As for his mother Lenedra, we do not know if she is married or presently single.


In 1998, Shane formed a non-profit organization “Higher Ground For Humanity” with his mother, Lenedra Carroll, and sister Jewel Kilcher. The organization promotes youth, alternative health care, the arts, spiritual development, global community building, and the environment through education, research, and alliances with like-minded organizations.

According to Shane Kilcher Linkedin, for over a decade (1997 – 2010), he worked in the Clean Water Project targeting villages around the world lacking clean water.  The project is now active in over 18 countries around the world including Tibet, Honduras, Mexico, India, the United States, and Africa. Shane also provides care to people with disabilities.

Injury and Accident:

Shane and his wife were constructing a cabin home in 2017 during which Shane suffered an accident. He fell off the ladder resulting in multiple injuries. The fall resulted in breaking the L2 vertebra, and the horizontal fracture extended two-thirds of the way through the bone. Shane was rushed to Central Peninsula Hospital Alaska. 

Shane and Kelli Ware Kilcher Working in their cabin
Throwback of Shane and Kelli Ware Kilcher working in their cabin

While in recovery, Shane was helped by the Kilcher family including Atz Lee to complete the house. 

Shane Kilcher Net Worth

Kilcher family are prominent landowners around the greater Homer area. They own 613 acres around the homestead, and according to local records, they can lay claim to a further 207 acres in and around the city. Reportedly the homestead accounts for just over $800,000, and the total value of the family’s real estate holdings is approximately 3.6 million dollars. In addition to the family property, Shane is reported to have earned around $7,000 to $10,000 per episode from the TV show “Alaska The Last Frontier.” Shane Kilcher has a net worth of $1 million.

Body Traits:

Shane Kilcher has a big body build and a stature of 5 feet 9 inches approximately.  Shane goes with a busy long beard and a hat covering his hair which is also his signature style. Shane was born with light blue eyes and with growing age, his hair has turned grey/white.

Wiki/Bio Summary:

Full NameShane Kilcher
Other NameShane
BirthdateMay 5, 1971
BirthplaceUnited States
FatherAtz Kilcher
MotherLenedra Carroll
SiblingsJewel Kilcher, Atz Lee Kilcher
Half SiblingNikos Kilcher
HighschoolHomer High School
ProfessionReality Television Personality, Homesteader,
Net Worth$1 million
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseKelli Were Kilcher
ChildrenKeena Tarik Kilcher, Jareth Kilcher, Reid Kilcher,Jenna Kilcher
GrandchildrenAnastasia Rosalie Kilcher
Height5 feet 9 inches (approx)
Eye ColorLight Blue
Weight– (in kg)
Social Media Handle Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Page

This article was first published on
June 4, 2018, at 8:17 am Universal time.


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