2013-10-29 / Obituaries

Gordon Rhea Birt, 75


Gordon Rhea Birt Gordon Rhea Birt Gordon Rhea Birt, age 75, of Greencastle, went to be with the Lord, October 21, 2013.

He was born November 6, 1937, in Greencastle, to Harold and Virginia (Myers) Birt. He married his first and only love, Shirley (Clark) Birt on November 23, 1955, and she survives.

Gordon had worked at Gardner’s Food Market as a teenager, and then was hired at IBM in January 1956. He and Shirley relocated to Mechanicsburg, PA, in 1986, and retired from IBM after 36 years. He also worked for Morrison-Knudsen, for 15 years, in Gaithersburg, MD and Chillicothe, IL, before returning to Greencastle to do what he enjoyed the most, spending time with family, friends, farming, and making his bride happy. He was a member of the Greencastle Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, Ron (Mary) Birt, of Greencastle, Jerry (Karen) Birt, of Greencastle, Bob (Laura) Birt, of Pennsylvania, and Glen (Paula) Birt, of Greencastle; a daughter, Carolyn (Maurice) Butler, of Greencastle; four sisters, Karen (Alva) Wood, of Greencastle, Jean (James) Travis, of Greenwood, Joyce (Chuck) Akers, of Arizona, and Jan Maes, of Arizona; three brothers, Jim (Janet) Birt, of Arizona, Darryl (Lynette) Starr, of Greencastle, and Kevin (Suzy) Starr, of Greencastle; brother-inlaw, Ed Dixon, of Arizona.

He was extremely proud of his 13 grandchildren, Kacie (Luke) Chase, Daniel (Lindsey) Birt, Miranda (Brent) Heavin, Kyle Birt, Lesli (Lee) Fordice, Matt (Ashton) Butler, Kayla Birt, Bailey (Kyle) Beaty, Aaron Birt, Luke Birt, Kara Birt, Brittany Birt & Olivia Birt; eight great grandchildren, Sterling Chase, Jaxon Birt, Nelson Chase, Mackinley Heavin, Hallie Birt, Tarik Chase, Dia Chase, and Mason Heavin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Judy Dixon; a brother, Doyne Starr; and a grandson, Mackinley Butler.

A Celebration of Life Service was conducted by the grandchildren at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Greencastle Christian Church. Interment followed at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Gordon’s name to the charity of their choice or to his favorite charity, The Putnam County Foundation: Greencastle High School Alumni Assn., or Putnam County 4-H Fair.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family c/o www.BittlesandHurt.com

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