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Marion M. Birky

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MARION M. BIRKY KOUTS, IN Marion M. Birky, 76, of Kouts, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Porter Hospital. He was born March 25, 1936 in Kouts to Samuel and Geneva (Kauffman). Birky graduated from Kouts High School 1954, then attended Goshen College. He farmed in Pleasant Township for 25 years and began assisting Kosanke Funeral Home as an ambulance attendant. In 1972, he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and became a Funeral Director with Kosanke Funeral Home in Kouts where he has served for the past 52 years. As a man of many talents, Marion will also be remembered for his wood furniture crafting skills and as the owner and operator of Birky's Cafe/Catering for 16 years. He was a humble and loyal man who knew no greater joy than sharing his time and talents with his fellow man. On December 3, 1955 at Hopewell Mennonite Church in Kouts, Marion married Carolyn Martin who survives along with their children: Julie (Tim) Jones of Kouts, Jay (Sandi) Birky of Kouts, and Sue (John) Haynes of Goshen; sister, Darlene Maxwell of Kouts; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and nephew, Matt (Leslie) Maxwell. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, John Maxwell; and nephew, Andy Maxwell. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Kosanke Funeral Home from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Private family burial will take place at Hopewell Cemetery with a public memorial service to follow at Open Door Fellowship on Baum's Bridge Road, Kouts on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Community Center Project or Urban Faith Works in Gary, IN.

Published in The Times on June 19, 2012
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