WILLIAMSBURG - LtC. Elmer Havens Birdseye (Ret.) went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the age of 86. Elmer Birdseye was a loving husband to his wife of 62 years, Alice Marguerite (Cahill) Birdseye and a wonderful father to his 4 children: James Birdseye, Donald Birdseye, Sarah Birdseye Vaas, and Susan Birdseye Rodenberg. He was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Heather Birdseye Killips, Scott and Joshua Birdseye, Kayla Vaas, Zachary, Emma, Peter, Elizabeth and Alison Rodenberg; and 1 great-grandchild, Piper Killips. LtC. Birdseye graduated from West Point Military Academy, and served in the U.S. Army from June 1, 1951 until he retired on June 30, 1975. During his distinguished military career, LtC. Birdseye received the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation (German), World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 OLC), Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal, and the General Staff Identification Badge. Elmer not only served his country, but also his community and his family. He was blessed to be a member of James River Baptist Church. He volunteered with the National Cancer Society and often drove cancer patients to doctor's appointments. Through the years, along with his wife Alice, El (as he is fondly known) spent many Sunday and Thursday mornings at nursing homes sharing the Word of God and encouraging the residents who lived there. He was also an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and served as president of the Lexington Virginia Lions Club. And for fun, took part in local theatrical productions with his daughter, Susan while living in Lexington, VA. He enjoyed repairing old clocks, gardening, "puttering" around the garage, handyman projects, playing a game of tennis, and reading a good book. El will be deeply missed by family and friends alike. The family will receive friends tonight from 5:00 - 7:00pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road in Williamsburg. A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 21st, at 11:00 am, at the James River Baptist Church, which is located on 4931 Centerville Road in Williamsburg. An Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.buctroutfuneralhome.net
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Published in Daily Press from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2013