Ronnie L. BIRCH

Ronnie L. Birch

LOAMI, IL - Ronnie L. Birch, 51, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born May 18, 1962, in Springfield to Thomas E. and Eleanor Meyer Birch. He married Jennie Massey in Elkhart, Illinois on Feb. 25, 1995, and she survives.

Mr. Birch is also survived by his son, Brendan (fiancé, Liz Forbes) Birch of Loami; his mother, Eleanor Birch; twin brother, Donnie (Christine) Birch; and brother, Phil (Tina) Birch, all of Mason City; his sister, Kay Birch Shelabarger of Petersburg; 13 nieces; seven nephews; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Ronnie started a 30 plus year career in agriculture with the Fancy Prairie Elevator before moving to Frank Farms in Athens. He then worked for Ruby Pork in Auburn, Clarkson Grain in Beardstown, Farmers Grain in New Berlin, and was currently employed by C.H.S. Inc., at the Lowder, Illinois facility.

Ronnie enjoyed carpentry work, metal work, welding, collecting and restoring vintage tractors and gardening. Mr. Birch was a member of Loami Christian Church.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, with burial to follow at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Loami. The family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Bisch West.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made payable to "University of Chicago Medicine" and mailed to: University of Chicago Gift and Record Services, Ronald Birch Memorial, 5235 S. Harper Court, Chicago, IL 60615 or visit:, click on "Make a Gift" and in the special instructions window enter "Ronald Birch Memorial – Kindler Research".

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Bisch Funeral Home
2931 South Koke Mill Road Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 544-5424

Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 2, 2014