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Emil Lee Birkelbach

Emil Lee Birkelbach

Emil Lee Birkelbach, 86, lifelong resident of Littlefield, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in Littlefield.
He was born January 24, 1935, in Littlefield, to B.D. and Lilly Sell Birkelbach.
Emil married Charlene Vinson April 20, 1957, in her parent’s home in Sudan.
The couple made their home in Littlefield, where Emil farmed and worked for Birkelbach Machine and Pump before he opened EB Panel & Pump, which he owned and operated.
After retirement, he worked for his son, Gary, at Birkelbach Pump Service, because he wasn’t the type to sit idle.
Emil was a hard worker and a master well witcher.
He loved hunting and fishing and appreciated a good game of dominoes. He also liked watching old westerns on TV and was an avid Wildcat fan.
Emil and Charlene loved traveling together, going to the mountains and on fishing trips with friends.
His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. He truly loved spending time with each of them and being involved in their activities and sports.
Emil is survived by a son, Gary Birkelbach and wife, Mary, of Littlefield; a daughter, Sharla Silhan and husband, David, of Morton; four grandchildren: Dr. Leann Silhan-Stockton and husband, Chad, of Dallas, Dustin Silhan and wife, Jennifer, of Amarillo, Shea Silhan of Lafayette, Louisiana and Mardi Lee Birkelbach of Lubbock; six great-grandchildren: Charlie, Colette and Mazie Stockton and Ella, Krew and Beckett Silhan; a sister-in-law, Betty Birkelbach of Grandbury; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Charlene Birkelbach, November 11, 2009; his parents; one sister; and six brothers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 9, at First United Methodist Church in Littlefield, with Rev. Danny Sanders officiating.
Interment followed in the Littlefield Memorial Park cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were: Dustin Silhan, Chad Stockton, Jeff Birkelbach, Larry Birkelbach, Tracy Birkelbach and Kevin Campbell.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday evening at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made the First United Methodist Church in Littlefield.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.

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