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Robert O. Birkrem

Published On: Apr 02 2013 05:59:47 AM CDT

WATERLOO/DEERFIELD – Robert O. Birkrem, age 88, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, surrounded by his family at the Veterans Hospital in Madison. He was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Deerfield, the only child of Otto and Ida (Vethe) Birkrem. Robert married Wilma (Frey) Birkrem on December 14, 1945. After graduating from Deerfield High School, Robert joined the U.S. Navy. He worked for the City of Madison, City of Waterloo and was a TV repairman and installer, working for Evans Radio & T.V. and part time for Emmet DeGolier. Robert also farmed in Deefield for many years and was a school bus driver. He played sports in High School, home talent baseball and slow pitch. Robert also enjoyed classic country music, square dancing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, the north woods and watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. He most enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Robert was a life time member of St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church in Deerfield.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; children, Warren (Connie), Janis (DuWayne) Schumacher, Beverly (Dan) Schulz, Sharon (Ron) Holzapfel, David (Valerie), Douglas, Carrie (Mark) Besch, Gail (Gary) Duckert, Todd (Lisa); son-in-law, Lee Fassbender; 37 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Barbara; daughter-in-law, Constance Birkrem; and longtime friend, Lloyd Anderson.

Funeral services will be held on Wed. April 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at ST. PAUL’S LIBERTY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3494 Oak Park Rd., Deerfield, with the Rev. Richard Blomker presiding. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church and also on Wed. from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the doctors and nurses at the V.A. Hospital and Clinic for their excellent care and a special thanks to Dr. Lake for his care and concern. Online condolences can be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Memorials:
Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church and also on Wed. from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Service:
Funeral services will be held on Wed. April 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at ST. PAUL’S LIBERTY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3494 Oak Park Rd., Deerfield, with the Rev. Richard Blomker presiding.

Cemetery:
Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Madison.

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