Richard "Dick" Irvin Birkner
Richard "Dick" Irvin Birkner, 88, of Mt. Vernon died 1:05 a.m. 
Feb. 8, 2005, at Jeffersonian Care Center in Mt. Vernon. 

He first worked at the stove foundry, then at Auto Lite Co. and 
then at Midwest Homes in Effingham. At the time of his retirement, 
he was employed in the maintenance department of Mt. Vernon 
Township High School. 

Mr. Birkner was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Marsland, Neb., to John Charles 
and Anna Marie Freida (Grommet) Birkner. He married Dorothy Natalie 
(Watson) Birkner March 23, 1946, in Mt. Vernon; she died Oct. 22, 1987.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in 
Mt. Vernon. Josepha Lecke will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home 
in Mt. Vernon. 

Mr. Birkner is survived by brothers Clarence Birkner of Dix, Oliver Birkner 
and wife Salenia of Mt. Vernon and Warren Birkner of Mt. Vernon; a 
sister-in-law, Edna Lucille Birkner of Dawsonville, Ga.; and several 
nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Henry, 
George, Oscar and Lloyd; and two sisters, Rose Kelley and Frances Lovesee. 

Mr. Birkner was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the medic unit. 
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Mt. Vernon Veterans of 
Foreign Wars. 

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice 
and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to 
Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2-10-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson 

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