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Richard H. Birkhead
(March 21, 1917 - March 8, 2013)

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Richard H. Birkhead

U.S. Veteran

Richard H. "Dick" Birkhead, 95, Anderson, passed away March 8, 2013, at the home of his daughter, after a brief illness.

He was born March 21, 1917, in Mt Vernon, IL., the son of the late Harry H. and Vera (Brown) Birkhead. Dick served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and had lived in Anderson since 1944. In 1981, he retired from Delco-Remy Div. of General Motors after 35 1/2 years of employment. He was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church, Middletown Masonic Lodge 271, Yorkrite, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Shrine Temple of Indianapolis and the Madison County Shrine Club.

Dick loved his Lord, whom he accepted in 1995, and he loved his family. He enjoyed reading his Bible daily, gardening and walking the mall. His friends at church, Keenagers, the senior’s card club and the employees at Cracker Barrel brought him great joy. Thank you all for the happiness you brought to his life. He will be greatly missed but he was looking forward to his reward in heaven where he will celebrate his 96th birthday.

Those left to cherish his memory are his twin sisters (age 92), Helen Hernandez and Hazel Monroe, who reside in Purceville, VA; daughters, Donna (Paul) Parton and Rita Lester all of Anderson; his son, Keith Bronnenberg of Indianapolis; grandsons, John (Ivy) Gray and David Lester; granddaughters, Amber-Leigh (Aaron) Wise, Gina Bronnenberg, all of Anderson, and April Spitz of Middletown. Also surviving are his seven great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his Aunt Flo and Uncle Jim Birkhead, who raised him; his wives, June, Hilda and Eunice; one brother and one nephew, Donald Birkhead and Harry Birkhead.

Service will be at noon Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 2000 N. Scatterfield Road, Anderson, officiated by Pastor John Hackney. Burial will take place at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


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