Baltas Eugene Birkle "Gene"
August 11, 1930-November 18, 2013
Baltas Eugene (Gene) Birkle spent 30 happy years in retirement in Surfside Beach, SC, and more than 50 years as a resident of District Heights, Suitland and Temple Hills, MD. He passed away at his home in Alexandria, VA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hattie Lee Birkle (nee Bentley), his parents, Ruby (nee Darcy) and Baltas A Birkle, and several aunts and uncles that were very dear to his heart. He is survived by his much-loved children, Dale Louise Dreer (Duane), Karen Lee Barnhart, and Kent Eugene Birkle (Rene') and his grandchildren, Amy and Christopher Barnhart, and Jacob Dreer. Gene was a graduate of Maryland Park High School and the University of Maryland (BA, MA). Following college he enlisted in the Navy, was awarded the rank of lieutenant, and served during the Korean War
as the Executive Officer on the minesweeper, the USS Fulmar, patrolling off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas. After the war, Gene became a Certified Public Accountant and began his life-long career at the General Accounting Office (GAO) where he rose to the post of Deputy Director of the Resources, Community and Economic Development Division. Gene will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and infinite patience, and as a man who always saw the good in people, and cared deeply for his family, friends and colleagues. A graveside service will take place at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Epiphany Episcopal Church Cemetery, 3125 Richie Road, Forestville, MD 20757. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org
) or The Ocean Foundation (www.oceanfnd.org