obit - BIRCHFIELD, Robert Eugene Author: Sharon Dulcich Date: 3 Mar 2004 12:06 AM GMT Surnames: Birchfield, Hand, Weinmann, Whitehead Classification: Query BIRCHFIELD ROBERT EUGENE born: 06/18/1929 MALE CA mother: HAND died: KERN 01/21/1999 age: 69
The Bakersfield Californian, January 22, 1999 OBITUARY Robert Birchfield car salesman
The car-selling business has gone through many changes over recent decades, and Robert Birchfield withstood them all. He owned and operated Birchfield's car lot in Bakersfield for 48 years. Birchfield died Thursday at age 69, but the business at 27th and Chester Avenue will stay a family business. "His whole passion was the operation of the business to the exclusion of any other hobbies,:" said Robert Birchfield, Jr., who will take over the small lot - the third generation of Birchfields to do so. You could say Birchfield was born to sell cars. He had worked the business with his father. Various family members also worked in the industry and he married a woman whose family sold cars in Florida, his son said. The elder Birchfield literally worked at the business just about every day. He enjoyed dealing with people and had a knack for being able to connect with anyone from any walk of life, Birchfield said. "Very few small businesses can survive with the competition of big conglomerates,: said Birchfield, who virtually grew up at the lot and sold his first car at age 12. The business changed with the time, specializing in whatever the current appetite for cars was - muscle cars in the 1960s and "70s, imports after that and then the pickups and sport utility vehicles, popular today, Birchfield said. "The cars are very indicative of the times,:" he said. The business depended on repeat customers who knew the family. He died of cancer after battling the disease with a passion for six years, Birchfield said. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Canyon Hills Assembly of God. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery.
The Bakersfield Californian, January 22, 1999 Robert Eugene Birchfield Services: Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 1999 at Canyon Hills Assembly of God for Robert Eugene Birchfield, 69, who passed away peacefully on January 21, 1999 in Bakersfield. Reverend Wendell Vinson, Senior pastor, will officiate with interment following in Union Cemetery. Bob fought a strong and courageous battle with cancer for six years and died peacefully with his family and God by his side. Mr. Birchfield was born June 18, 1929 in Taft to William Everett Birchfield and Gladys Vivian Hand Birchfield. A brother, Earl Williams Birchfield, preceded him in death. Bob graduated from Bakersfield College and attended San Jose State where he played football for both schools. He served from 1950-1954 in the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant during his first year of service. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean Conflict and his patriotism continued to be an integral part of his life. For 48 years he had owned and operated an automobile firm in Bakersfield. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth Ann Birchfield; son Robert Earl Birchfield; daughter-in-law, Kathryn Birchfield; grandsons, Samuel James, Robert Charles, Patrick James, Spencer Mason, Damien Birchfield and Kathryn's son Jonathan Weinmann; and brother-in-law, Charles Whitehead of Panama City, FL. Pallbearers will be Etcyl Fleetwood, John Burns, William B. Morganson, Jack Garcia, John Lopez and Floyd Renfrow. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Bogle, Doug Hoff, Massoud Bashirtash, Reza Bashirtash, Farhad Bashirtash and Mohammed Bashirtash. At the request of the deceased there will be no visitation. In lieu of flower memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Kern County Unit, 1523 Californian Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93304. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors