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Allen William Birks
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Birth: Jan. 18, 1934
Iowa, USA
Death: May 29, 2012
Iowa, USA

Allen William, son of Frank and Eva (Buthman) Birks, was born January 18, 1934, in Primghar, Iowa. He grew up in Irwin and attended country school through the eighth grade. Allen graduated from Manilla High School with the class of 1952. He was united in marriage with Joann Neubauer on June 3, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Irwin.

Allen and Joann farmed south of Manilla for 25 years. He then worked for Ahrenholtz Fertilizer in Defiance and Farmland in Denison until retiring in 1999. Allen and Joann moved into Manilla in 1985. He was an active member of the Church of Christ in Irwin, where he served as an elder and in other leadership roles. He especially enjoyed singing with the church choir and the Men's Quartet. Allen was a devoted fan of his children and grandchildren's sports teams.

Allen died on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa of heart failure. He was 78 years of age.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Joann Birks of Manilla; four sons: Mark Birks (Denise) of Sioux Center; David Birks (Jill) of Rockwell City; Jay Birks (Jean) of Carroll; and Joel Birks (Geri) of Missouri Valley; ten grandchildren: Ben Birks (Caley), Bryan Birks, Haley Birks, Allison Birks, Jared Birks, Taylor Birks, Molly Birks, Peyton Birks, Levi Birks, and Eliot Birks; great-grandson Aidan Birks; three siblings: Reva Haskins (Darwin) of Manning; Peggy Ahrenholtz (Roger) of Manilla; and Randy Birks (Rachel) of Irwin; other relatives and friends.

Visitation and prayers~Friday, June 1, 2012, 5:00-8:00 PM. Prayer service 7:00 PM, Ohde Funeral Home, Manilla, IA. Funeral service Saturday, June 2, 2012, 10:30 AM Church of Christ, Irwin, IA. Rev. Ted Sieck, officiating. Congregational hymns~"How Great Thou Art", Peggy Ahrenholtz, accompanist~"I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry", Allison Birks, accompanist.

Casketbearers; Ben Birks, Bryan Birks, Todd Ahrenholtz, Troy Ahrenholtz, Nate Birks, Sean Birks. Honoray Basketbearers; Haley Birks, Allison Birks, Jared Birks, Taylor Birks, Molly Birks, Peyton Birks, Levi Birks, Eliot Birks.Interment Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, IA. Ohde Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
Family links: 
  Frank Benson Birks (1911 - 1979)
  Eva Mae Buthman Birks (1911 - 1991)
Oak Hill Cemetery
Shelby County
Iowa, USA
Created by: scottsheat
Record added: Jun 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91256589
Allen William Birks
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