James Donald Birks, Sr.
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AGE: 86 • Medford
James Donald Birks, Sr., 86, of Medford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Veterans Home in Vineland. Born in Jamestown, N. Dakota, Jim grew up on a farm with six brothers and two sisters. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during WWII as a radar technician. Jim met the love of his life Peggy while at port in Philadelphia, PA. In the early 1960's, Jim purchased property in Medford, NJ, and built a beautiful spacious home for his growing family. For three decades, Jim built quite a reputation for himself as a premier builder of custom homes. He stood by his work, and was known as an honest, hardworking builder. He was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons. He loved board and card games, and especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Devoted husband of the late Margaret "Peggy" Elizabeth Birks (nee Schwarz) for 52 years; he is survived by five children and their spouses, James Birks, Jr. (Ritva), Thomas Birks (Molly), Gary Birks (Carole), Donna Challender (Bob), David Birks (Alisse), ten grandchildren, Cherie Weening (Skip), Thomas Birks (Amy), Jessie Birks, Jeffrey Birks (Leanne), Laura Reinert (Jason), Diane McMahon (Matthew), Daniel Morrow, Jennifer Morrow, Brian Birks, and Aden Birks; ten great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan Weening, Alexander and Benjamin Reinert, Taylor, Jackson and Bradley McMahon, Alison and Ryan Birks, and Carina Morrow; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, August 29, 2013, from 10-11AM, at the Mathis Funeral Home, 58 N. Main St., Medford, NJ. Funeral services will follow at 11AM, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Junior Mechanics Cemetery, Tabernacle, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's memory to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Mathis Funeral Home - Medford
58 North Main Street Medford, NJ 08055
Published in Courier-Post on Aug. 27, 2013