Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL


William "Bill" N. Birkey

January 16, 1950July 2, 2019

William “Bill” N. Birkey, 69, of Bartonville, IL passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Unity Point Health Methodist surrounded by his family. He was born January 16, 1950 in Princeton, IL to Emery and Sadie (Williams) Birkey and raised on the family farm with his sister and brother. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and always had a garden full of vegetables growing. He was quiet, kind, and resourceful. He taught his three sons how to fix just about anything. He loved the Cubs. His greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren.

He married Kathy Knorr on April 28, 1973 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are sons, Andrew (Brandon Gil) Birkey of Minneapolis, MN, Joseph Birkey of Peoria, IL and David (Michelle) Birkey of New Jersey; grandchildren, Lucille and Madalyn Birkey; sister, Kathy (James) Susin of Florida; sister-in-law Dianne Birkey of Glen Ellyn; nephew, Michael Birkey; nieces, Megan (David) Birkey-Balsewicz, Cheryl Susin and Laura Susin Koo; and grand doggies, Giles and Hallie.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Birkey.

Bill was a Design Engineer at Kress Corporation, retiring in 2017.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pastor Jack Thompson will officiate.

Cremation will be accorded following the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation or the Red Ribbon Ride.

Online condolences may be made at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com


  • Emery and Sadie (Williams) Birkey, Parents
  • Kathy (Knorr) Birkey, Wife
  • Andrew (Brandon Gil) Birkey, Son
  • Joseph Birkey, Son
  • David (Michelle) Birkey, Son
  • Lucille Birkey and Madalyn Birkey, Grandchildren
  • Kathy (James) Susin, Sister
  • Dianne Birkey, Sister-in-law
  • Michael Birkey, Nephew
  • Megan (David) Birkey-Balsewicz, Niece
  • Cheryl Susin, Niece
  • Laura Susin Koo, Niece
  • Giles and Hallie, Grand doggies
  • He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Birkey.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


William "Bill" N. Birkey

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Gene Higgs

July 4, 2019

I had the privilege to work around Bill at Kress for several years. His gentle way and professional attitude endeared him to many. I enjoyed the way he chuckled at a joke and his smile told you he was a man that could be trusted with your most valuable possession. The world has lost a great man!!

Linda Gil

July 4, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Birkey family. I only met Bill last year at the wedding of my son and Bill and Kathy’s son, Andy. He was a quiet man with an obvious love for his family. I know he will be missed. Hugs and prayers for you all.