Lester Lee Birkla, 73, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
and lifetime member of VFW
He is survived by his wife, Joan Birkla of Elizabethtown; two sons, Mike Birkla of Henryville, Ind., and Staff Sgt. Edward Birkla of Biloxi, Miss.; seven daughters, Teresa Birkla of Florida, Melinda Birkla of Hawaii, Tonia Birkla of Louisville, Cindy Birkla of Louisville, Lesa Curtsinger of Bloomfield, Leslie Edwards of Elizabethtown and Tara Birkla of Louisville; 21 grandchildren, Miaka Birkla, Kaleb Birkla, Christian Birkla, Ashlee Birkla, Trevor Birkla, Bailey Birkla, Jordan Birkla, Preston Birkla, Zachary Curtsinger, Megan Curtsinger, Jenny Curtsinger, Kayla Edwards, Austin Edwards, Bryan Edwards, Gavin Sanders, Alexander Birkla, Gabriella Birkla Maximillian Birkla, Alianna Kittle, Matthew Woolever and Keaton Woolever.
A committal service with military honors is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.