Ronnie Lee Birkla, age 63, of Mt. Carmel, IL passed into Eternity on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN
Ronnie was born October 11, 1947 in Mt. Carmel, IL to Mary (Wiseman) and Joseph Birkla.
He married Joy Hall on November 17, 1967. Ronnie was retired from P.S.I. in Princeton, IN, where he had been a Materials Analyst.
Ronnie enjoyed working on computers, cooking; especially for the Great Banquet, and was an avid animal lover; specializing in spoiling Tigger, the dog.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: Timothy and John Birkla, one brother; Joseph Birkla, and two great grandchildren: Renee Tucker and Derreck Rigsby.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Joy, Mt. Carmel, two daughters: Darla (Darrell) Rigsby, Drummond, OK, Jeri (Charles) Parr, Mt. Carmel, IL, two sons: Thomas Compton and Ronnie Lee Birkla, Jr., both of Mt. Carmel, IL. He is also survived by two sisters: Donna Rainbolt, and Bonnie (Donnie) Davis, both of Mt. Carmel, IL and one brother; John Birkla, Evansville, IN.
Ten grandchildren also survive: Dwayne Rigsby, Margaret "Margo" Parr Drew, Michelle Parr Nembhard, David Rigsby, Kristal Parr Stamm, Charles Parr II, Nicholas, Jeremy and Gerrod Birkla and Lindsey Birkla. Eleven great grandchildren also survive, with two on the way.
Services for Ronnie Lee Birkla will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 11AM at the
Parkview Christian Church, Mt. Carmel, IL with burial to follow at the Allendale Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 6PM to 8PM at the Parkview Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given in Ronnies' memory to the Heart of Hope House, Allendale, IL with envelopes provided at the visitation and funeral, or can be taken to the Three Rivers Credit Union at Mt. Carmel, IL.
Ingram Funeral Home, Allendale, IL entrusted with the arrangements.