|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1923|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 2009|
New York, USA
Paul W. Birk, 85, formerly of Nellis Street, Nelliston, died Sunday, January 4, 2009, at Folts Homes in Herkimer.
Born on July 25, 1923, in Nelliston, he was the only son of Harry D. Birk and Catherine M. Wahler.
A lifelong area resident, Paul attended school in Nelliston and was a 1941 graduate of Fort Plain High School. He also attended Centenary College of Shreveport, La. For 37 years he worked in the maintenance department at Beech-Nut in Canajoharie. He was also employed as a maintenance supervisor at the Montgomery County Sewer Plant in Nelliston for six years.
Mr. Birk was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 86th Infantry Division, 343rd Infantry Regiment, in Europe and the Philippine Islands, and was the recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, European Theater with Star and Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbons. He also served in the 824th Tank Destroyer Unit and the U.S. Air Corps pilot training program.
In 1954, he became an official of the town of Palatine which spanned 45 years until his retirement in January 1999. Paul served 28 years as town justice and later as a councilman with the town council. One of his goals was to have a new town barn constructed, which became a reality in 1992.
Mr. Birk was a member of Fort Plain Masonic Lodge No. 433, F&AM, Canajoharie Chapter RAM No. 53, the Ancient Scottish Rite Valley of Utica, the Ziyara Shrine Temple of Utica, Mohawk Valley Post No. 3275 Veterans of Foreign Wars Fort Plain, American Legion Post No. 554, the 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division Association, the New York State Magistrates Association, the Montgomery County Magistrates Association, the Crawford County Genealogy Society of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Stone Arabia. He was also of the original founders of the Nelliston Youth and Civic League, now the Nelliston Ball Park.
On April 22, 1944, he was united in marriage to the former Edith A. Coso. That union lasted 59 years until her passing on December 13, 2003.
His loving family includes his two daughters, Nancy K. Davern and her husband Jeffrey of Little Falls (son of William Edward and Alice May (Bandru) Davern, of Syracuse) and Diane L. Rehse and her husband Dirk of Webster; three grandchildren, Catherine Leonard of Fort Plain, Zachary Miller of Nelliston and Wesley Rehse of Webster; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Janae and Mathea Leonard.
Harry D Birk (1895 - 1965)
Catherine M Wahler Birk (1897 - 1975)
Edith Ann Coso Birk (1926 - 2003)
Fort Plain Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Time_angel
Record added: Aug 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40552446