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Walter Kemp Birdsong

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Walter Kemp Birdsong, 78, cowboy peace officer, soldier, author and poet, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at his home in Tularosa.
Of Indian, Irish and German descent he was born Aug. 29, 1934, in Anderson, Ind., to Glenn Keneth and Dorthy (Stinson) Birdsong.
He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, and proudly served his country in the U.S Army for 22 years.
He and his wife Ruth Ann (Harkcom) Turcotte Birdsong were married on June 1, 1985, in El Paso. They moved to White Oaks in 1988 and have made Tularosa their home since 2010.
He was past member of the VFW and former member of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Posse and the Lincoln Out Riders. He served as captain of the White Oaks Fire Department and was a former member of the White Oaks Board of Directors. He was also past director of the Miners Home Museum and a member of the White Oaks Community Church.
During his career, he received numerous awards and military accolades, and received an intermediate certificate from Texas law enforcement.
Walt is survived by his wife Ruth of the family home; son Walter Roy Birdsong, of Shawnee, Okla.; daughters Kristine Saulmon, of Oglesby, Texas, and Kathleen Walker of Gatesville, Texas; stepson Raymond Turcotte, of Capitan; grandchildren Weston Birdsong, of Tulsa, Okla., Christopher Mobley and Casey Saulmon of Oglesby, and Levi Walker, Christian Walker and Elijah Walker, of Gatesville; stepgrandsons Earl Wayne Turcotte, of Capitan, and James Turcotte, of Transfer, Pa.; and sister-in-law Laura Birdsong, of Sparks, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Kenneth Birdsong; sister Andrea Harrell; granddaughter Faith Walker; and stepson Wayne Turcotte.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Cedarvale Cemetery in White Oaks.
The Birdsong family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 25 to Apr. 30, 2013
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