McCombs Funeral Home: Obituaries

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Charles E. Birk Charles E. Birk
(August 12, 1935 - July 13, 2010)

U.S. Veteran Charles E. Birk, age 74, of Tamms, IL passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at his home.

He was born August 12, 1935, in Charleston, MO, son of Edwin F. and Alma Fluegge Birk. He and Shirley Jean Hornback were married June 30, 1957 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Sikeston, MO.

Charles graduated from the former Diehlstadt High School in 1953. He served in the United States National Guard from August of 1953 until January of 1962. After he and Shirley were married, they moved to a farm near Tamms where he farmed many years with his father.

Charles was confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church on April 2, 1950 and was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau for 44 years, serving as an usher for many years. He was a former member of the Farm Bureau Board in Illinois and was on the Egyptian School Board for nine years.

Loving survivors include his wife of 53 years; three children, Charles E. (Teresa) Birk, Jr, of Cape Girardeau, Gena (Raymond) Oxford of McClure, IL, and Gary (Yvonne) Birk of Tamms, IL; five siblings, Roy (Judy) Birk of Charleston, MO, Ellen (John) Lorberg of Gordonville, Larry (Gretchen) Birk of Tamms, David (Alana) Birk of Lenexa, Kansas, and Joyce (Allen) Clark of Cape Girardeau.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, Carmen Birk, Kyle Birk, Derek (Jessie) McNelly, Jessica McNelly, Jordan Oxford, and Kara Birk; five great-grandchildren, Breyden Martin, Juliana, Devon, and Daelan McNelly, and Jayleah Walton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-granddaughter.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 4-8 PM at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau and on Thursday, July 15 after 9:00 AM until service time at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 10:00 AM, at the church, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating.

Interment will follow in Lindsey Cemetery in McClure, IL.

The family suggests that memorials be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church Building Fund.