Gordon R Birt

November 6, 1937October 21, 2013

Gordon Rhea Birt, age 75, of Greencastle, went to be with the Lord, October 21, 2013. He was born November 6, 1937 in Greencastle, to Harold and Virginia (Myers) Birt. He married his first and only love, Shirley (Clark) Birt on November 23, 1955 and she survives.

Gordon had worked at Gardner’s Food Market as a teenager, and then was hired at IBM in January 1956. He and Shirley relocated to Mechanicsburg, PA in 1986 and retired from IBM after 36 years. He also worked for Morrison-Knudsen for 15 years in Gaithersburg, MD and Chillicothe, IL, before returning to Greencastle to do what he enjoyed the most, spending time with family, friends, farming, and making his bride happy. He was a member of the Greencastle Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, Ron (Mary) Birt of Greencastle, Jerry (Karen) Birt of Greencastle, Bob (Laura) Birt of PA, and Glen (Paula) Birt of Greencastle; a daughter, Carolyn (Maurice) Butler of Greencastle; four sisters, Karen (Alva) Wood of Greencastle, Jean (James) Travis of Greenwood, Joyce (Chuck) Akers of AZ, and Jan Maes of AZ; three brothers, Jim (Janet) Birt of AZ, Darryl (Lynette) Starr of Greencastle, and Kevin (Suzy) Starr of Greencastle; brother-in-law, Ed Dixon; he was extremely proud of his 13 grandchildren, Kacie (Luke)Chase, Daniel (Lindsey) Birt, Miranda (Brent) Heavin, Kyle Birt, Lesli (Lee) Fordice, Matt (Ashton) Butler, Kayla Birt, Bailey (Kyle) Beaty, Aaron Birt, Luke Birt, Kara Birt, Brittany Birt & Olivia Birt; eight great grandchildren, Sterling Chase, Jaxon Birt, Nelson Chase, Mackinley Heavin, Hallie Birt, Tarik Chase, Dia Chase, and Mason Heavin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Judy Dixon; a brother Doyne Starr; and a grandson, Mackinley Butler.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted by the grandchildren at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Greencastle Christian Church. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Greencastle Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Gordon’s name to the charity of their choice or to his favorite charity, The Putnam County Foundation: Greencastle High School Alumni Assn. or Putnam County 4-H Fair


  • Visitation Friday, October 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Patrick Olexa

December 17, 2013

It was an honor to work with such a kind hearted man, his wit and warmth will remain with me.

Charles Storm

October 29, 2013

Shirley, so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing.. Our thougths and prayers are with you and your family.. Gordon was a real super guy.. He'll always be in our thoughts..
Charlie & Myra Storm

October 27, 2013

Shirley -
Perry and I are sad to hear this news of Gordon's passing. Knowing what an amazing man he was, we know he's watching over you with the Lord by his side.

Peace to you and the family,
Bonnie Weisbruch & Perry Anderson ( Mossville, IL)

Aaron Birt

October 26, 2013

My most heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Gordon. He will be missed.

Carl & Sheila Ramey

October 25, 2013

Shirley and family, We so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. He was such a joy to be around. We will surely miss him at the Ramey family reunions. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick Gillan

October 25, 2013


I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. Gordon was truely a wonderful man.

Rod and Kim Hamilton

October 25, 2013

Ms. Shirley, Kim and I are so very sorry for your loss. Gordon is certainly in the Kingdom of Heaven and with the Lord. In life, you encounter people who impact your life in a very special way. Gordon impacted my life with his kindness and wisdom. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers and may God be with you during this very difficult time. God Bless You.

Andy Carla Hurtubise

October 24, 2013

I never met a Birt I didn't love! So sorry to lose Mr. Birt. He and Shirley raised quite a beautiful family. You are in our prayers, Andy, Carla and Daniel Hurtubise

lori furgerson

October 24, 2013

Ms. Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. Gordon will always be in our hearts and you in our prayers. May God be with you during this time and know we all loved and respected him. Lori Furgerson Chillicothe, IL

Gina Sublette

October 24, 2013

Lesli...I am so sorry for the loss of your grandfather. May his spirit live on in you forever. My prayers are with you now & forever.