Charles Birk

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

TAMMS, Ill. -- Charles E. Birk, 74, of Tamms passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at his home.

He was born Aug. 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 1953 until January 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. He was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau 44 years, serving as an usher many years. He was a former member of Farm Bureau Board in Illinois, and served on Egyptian School Board 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, Ill., Gary (Yvonne) Birk of Tamms; five siblings, Roy (Judy) Birk of Charleston, Ellen (John) Lorberg of Gordonville, Larry (Gretchen) Birk of Tamms, David (Alana) Birk of Lenexa, Kan., Joyce (Allen) Clark of Cape Girardeau; 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 from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating.

Interment will be in Lindsey Cemetery in McClure.

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

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