Ronnie Lee Birkla

October 11, 1947July 30, 2011

Ronnie Lee Birkla, age 63, of Mt. Carmel, IL passed into Eternity on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN Ronnie was born October 11, 1947 in Mt. Carmel, IL to Mary (Wiseman) and Joseph Birkla.

He married Joy Hall on November 17, 1967. Ronnie was retired from P.S.I. in Princeton, IN, where he had been a Materials Analyst.

Ronnie enjoyed working on computers, cooking; especially for the Great Banquet, and was an avid animal lover; specializing in spoiling Tigger, the dog.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: Timothy and John Birkla, one brother; Joseph Birkla, and two great grandchildren: Renee Tucker and Derreck Rigsby.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Joy, Mt. Carmel, two daughters: Darla (Darrell) Rigsby, Drummond, OK, Jeri (Charles) Parr, Mt. Carmel, IL, two sons: Thomas Compton and Ronnie Lee Birkla, Jr., both of Mt. Carmel, IL. He is also survived by two sisters: Donna Rainbolt, and Bonnie (Donnie) Davis, both of Mt. Carmel, IL and one brother; John Birkla, Evansville, IN. Ten grandchildren also survive: Dwayne Rigsby, Margaret “Margo” Parr Drew, Michelle Parr Nembhard, David Rigsby, Kristal Parr Stamm, Charles Parr II, Nicholas, Jeremy and Gerrod Birkla and Lindsey Birkla. Eleven great grandchildren also survive, with two on the way.

Services for Ronnie Lee Birkla will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 11AM at the Parkview Christian Church, Mt. Carmel, IL with burial to follow at the Allendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 6PM to 8PM at the Parkview Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given in Ronnies’ memory to the Heart of Hope House, Allendale, IL with envelopes provided at the visitation and funeral, or can be taken to the Three Rivers Credit Union at Mt. Carmel, IL.

Ingram Funeral Home, Allendale, IL entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Angie DeWitt-Mahan

August 7, 2011

Joy and Family-
I have known you so long that i feel like i am part of the family and i thought VERY highly of Ron, he was a man that you could always count on and I loved him dearly!! and Joy if you ever need a shoulder i am here for you that goes as well for Ronnie Lee,Nick,Jeramy,and garrod and Jerri Lynn I love the entire family and will forever you guys were like my own even though we may not have stayed in touch aas often as i would have liked but thats my fault my parayers are with you and know Ron will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him he was the next best thing to my own father!!!

Jacqueline Hayes-Miller

August 3, 2011

Condolences to Ronnie Lee Birkla's family and friends!

Beth Osborn Davidson

August 2, 2011

I started at Gibson May 1981 in the Storeroom as a temp. laborer. Ron worked in the Storeroom and we grew to be great friends for 30 yrs. even through job changes. He was always fun to be around, always a smile and a laugh. He will be truly missed by all. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all family members and friends. God bless you all and rest in peace Ronnie B.

August 2, 2011

My prayers to the family. I know he will be missed by many. God bless.
Betty Burns
Parkview family

Sarah Ceney

August 1, 2011

I worked with Ron for many years at Gibson Station. He was a good man and always had the ability to make you laugh no matter what the situation was. There are no words that can be said to tell you all how sorry I am for Ron's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time and in the weeks and months to come.

Toni "Shoemaker" Sutton

August 1, 2011

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

Teresa Sulinski

August 1, 2011

I worked with Ron for many years at Gibson Station. My deepest sympathies to the Birkla family.