Robert N. "Bob" Birkey
1928 - 2021
Palmer Community Complex
601 N Michigan St
Lakeville, IN
Robert N. "Bob" Birkey
Plymouth - Robert N. "Bob" Birkey, 92 years old, transitioned into the presence of Jesus on Monday, June 21, 2021. He passed unexpectedly at his home. Bob was born on December 21, 1928 in Nappanee to the late G.A. "Gip" and Verda (Schmeltzer) Birkey. He has remained a lifelong resident of Bremen. On September 4, 1949 in Bremen, Bob married the love of his life, Arlene L. Aker.
Along with Arlene, his loving wife of 71 years, Bob is survived by their children, John (Debbie) Birkey of Bremen, Jeanne (Denny) Yoder of New Paris, and Jackie (Mark) Marsh of Bremen; daughter-in-law, Julie Birkey of Bremen; 14 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and his sister, Carol Boyer of Bremen. Bob was preceded in death by his son, James A. Birkey, on July 14, 2018.
Bob had a light-hearted, joking personality. He was a pilot for 72 years and loved to fly. Bob and Arlene were involved in Flying Farmer's Club for several years. Bob was a hard-worker, a dairy farmer for 43 years and farmed for 66 years. Bob and Arlene welcomed numerous groups to the farm throughout the years. They worked together in the Chuck Colson Prison Fellowship and faithfully attended Nappanee Missionary Church. He accepted Jesus Christ into his heart at the age of 45.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Nappanee Missionary Church, 70417 S.R. 19, Nappanee, IN. Pastor Jason Rohde will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Bremen Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30th, and from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Nappanee Missionary Church. Palmer Funeral Home in Lakeville is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bob Birkey may be donate to the World Missionary Press, 19168 County Road 146, New Paris, IN 46553. Online condolences may be offered to the Birkey family at
Published by South Bend Tribune from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2021.
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I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathies and prayers to Arlene and family.
Marsha (Balmer) Schrader
June 29, 2021
My, Will THIS Man Ever be Missed. Always a Ray of Sun Shine and a "Witty Word" for you. Love their "Simple " Life Style, and the Jesus that Lived EveryDay ALL Day in them. But our Hope is to See Him Again , thinking he just may be in charge of the "Welcoming Committee" as we are ushered into Heaven, with a "Whitty Welcome Home" to us as we Chuckle and cry our way Home. . . Another Soldiers Comin Home. . ..Our Prayers go out to the Huge Wonderful Birkey Family.
Jim and Janet Dills
June 25, 2021
I am so sorry for your family´s loss. I remember uncle Bob well! As a young child I remember coming out to the farm with my mom and dad (Barb and Dick Reidenbach). He was always very funny and let us experience things on the farm, like milking the cows, and sitting on the tractor and taking a ride in his plane! I vividly remember many Birkey family reunion´s with lots of games, fun and lots of food! Praying for all of the family in this time of mourning but rejoicing as he gets to spend eternity with His maker!
Lynn Rodenbeck
June 25, 2021
We are sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jim and Sandy Manuwal
Jim and Sandy Manuwal
June 25, 2021
I was sad to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.
Linda Fleck
June 25, 2021
I am so sad this morning as I read about Bob`s passing. What a life well lived and finishing his race so strong! My sympathies to Arlene and to John, Jeanne, Jackie, and Julie! I just love your family and you all have a special place in my heart! I am praying for you today and in the days ahead as you miss your husband, Dad, and Grandpa! Sending our love, Lana (and Ron) Z
Lana Zeltwanger
June 25, 2021
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