Loyd M. Birk, 86, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born March 15, 1931, in Tilsit, Missouri, to Martin M. and Martha A. Best Birk.  He was baptized April 19, 1931 and confirmed March 25, 1945, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit.  He was a graduate of Immanuel Grade School and Jackson High School.

Loyd and Vera Bock, of Advance, were married July 3, 1960, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee.  Two children were born to their union, Christine and Philip.

Loyd was employed at Strickert Service Station in Jackson and several years as the bus superintendent at Jackson R-2 Schools.  He then owned and operated Strickert Service Station and later retired from Kasten Masonry, where he worked over 25 years as the transportation manager.  He also lettered and painted signs on vehicles.

In 1959, Loyd transferred his church membership from Immanuel Church in Tilsit to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, where he served in many capacities including several terms as president of the congregation.  Some of his other affiliations include serving on the boards of Jackson R-2 School District and the Sheltered Workshop, membership in the Rotary and Optimist clubs in Jackson, and serving many years as a registered scout master with the Boy Scouts in Jackson.

Loving survivors include his wife of 57 years, Vera Birk of Jackson; two children, Christine Buttram and husband Rick of Osage Beach, Missouri and Philip Birk and wife Michelle Hoff-Birk of Perryville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Chastity (Tom) Aubuchon of O’Fallon, Missouri, Allie Birk of Jackson, Nate Buttram of Washington D.C., Rachel Buttram of Osage Beach, and Keaton Birk of Jackson; three step-grandchildren, Jordan, Ahnie, and Sophie Hoff of Perryville; four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Collin, Benjamin, and Charlotte Aubuchon of O’Fallon; two brothers, Glen (Alice) Birk of Jackson, Donald (Linda) Birk of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; a sister, Alice (Charles) Ahrens of Jackson; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann (the late Orville) Birk of Jackson; and  many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Orville Birk.

Visitation is Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Monday, October 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to service time, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.

The funeral is Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the church, with the Rev. Jason Shaw officiating.  Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Paul Men’s Club.

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  1. Janice Unger

    Heartfelt Sympathy.

  2. Dennis

    Such a wonderful man. Will be missed by many. Uncle Loyd was a large part responsible for my son and grandson getting their Eagle Scout.

  3. Gina Kaminskey

    Deepest sympathy

  4. Andy Whiteside


    So sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. April and I will be praying for you to have the strength to deal with your loss.

    1 Corinthians 15:53~57

    53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

    2 Corinthians 13:13

    13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  5. Larry and Gretchen Birk

    Dear Vera, Christine , Philip and Families,
    Please accept our sincere and deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you and your families for the passing of Loyd. His kindness and uplifting word of encouragement was enjoyed by all who were honored to know him and he will be missed by all or us. We pray that your family will be comforted and blessed during this time of honoring the life of your Husband and Father.
    With all our Love,
    Larry and Gretchen Birk

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