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Celebrating the life of
Richard J. "Dick" Birkofer
May 18, 1930 - August 05, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 5-8:00 pm - Monday, August 22, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain,grief,and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24: 15) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

My sympathy, care and prayers are with you Joe and your family and all the Birkofer family at this time. May the spirit and memories of a noble man, Dick bring comfort and peace to each of you. May his Eternal home bring him peace and joy as he joins his wife and all his family who had gone before him. He will be watching over all of you. May God bless you and console you each day. Sincerely, Margaret

Margaret Barkey, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland

Joe, Carol, Virginia, Ted and Birkofer family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate the wonderful life of Dick Birkofer. May the loving memories of your father / grandfather be of comfort and always with you. We are making a donation to Periwinkle Foundation in his memory. Our deepest Sympathy,

The Oddo's: David, Sherri, Kelsi, Kristina and Marissa, Highlands Ranch, CO

My sympathies to the Birkofer family. Joe, I was sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. What a wonderful life he lived. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

Margret Sonnier, Houston, TX

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel watching over you. We extend our sincere condolences to you.

Charles and Diane Meyer, Houston, TX

Thank you so much for sharing! I think you are very blessed to have had such great parents.

Eileen Robinson , St Cloud , FL

My heartfelt sympathies to Dick's family. Dick was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. He always listened with a smile and a song in his heart. I will remember his loving spirit always.

Kathryn Brumbaugh, Clearwater, FL

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

He was such a lovely, loving man. We will be in Virginia with the Winedale students on August 22nd. Otherwise, we would absolutely be there to celebrate his life with you. Much love and hope to see you guys soon.

James and Laurel Loehln, Austin, TX

Joe, I loved reading the obituary of your Father. He was truly one of a kind. I have never had the privilege of meeting him but I feel like I know him after reading his life history. He was so giving of himself in so many ways. He is now enjoying his eternal home along with your Mother. What a wonderful Legacy he leaves behind! Please accept our sympathy! May he rest in peace. Amen.

Mary Ann & Cletus Zimmerman, Houston, Tx

Our deepest condolences go to the Birkofer family. Dick was a big part of our family for many years celebrating birthdays, first communions, graduations of our kids as well as other life events both big and small. In the short time he lived in Houston he developed great friendships with the residents at the Brookdale and will be greatly missed. You have left a great legacy, Dick, through your wonderful children and grandchildren. Vaya con Dios. We love you.

The Simon Family, Houston, TX

Richard J. “Dick” Birkofer left us all too soon on Friday, August 5th, 2016. He now joins his loving wife and our mother, Anne Benoit Birkofer, 13 years later. He was born on May 18th, 1930, in Lawrenceville, IL to loving parents Julius J. Birkofer and Catherine Draim Birkofer. He grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, with his beloved brothers Jack and Bill. He spoke fondly of their adventures: epic bike rides, canoe and camping trips, and travels all over to see cousins in the Midwest and the East Coast. He lived his boyhood days well.
He was proud of his studies at Drexel Institute of Technology, where he graduated as a civil engineer. He was also proud of his high school after school job as a butcher-boy, and knew his way around the meat case. Following in his father’s footsteps, he took a job as a young engineer with Texaco, and retired from there after much success 38 years later. To say he was proud of his tenure at Texaco is an understatement; he rose through management, earning responsibility, and forming many long term friendships. He side-stepped several promotions that would have relocated him and our family to Houston, in favor of staying on the East Coast. He marveled at the irony that his last days were spent in Houston. He valued hard work.
He was an outstanding father and example to his children, Joseph and Katherine. Math homework, household projects, fixing bikes, wandering through farm stands, trips to obscure restaurants, rummaging in tucked away stores, raking leaves, hikes: he centered his time upon us.
And not us alone; he and Mom were foster parents to 4 children, and they made no distinction among us. He was active in our parish, as a lector, and member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He particularly enjoyed serving on the committee that ran the Annual Summer Bazaar. His heart was that large.
Most of all, he cherished his Anne. They were married for almost 50 years, and had dated throughout college. He took our mother’s family as his own. His recollections of Benoit family dinners and holidays were fond. He and Mom completed many wonderful chapters: Army life in Washington, early married days in Pawtucket, RI, Jacksonville, FL, Woodbury, NJ, and much beloved Charleston SC. They had 15 special years in Old Brookville, Long Island, and another 20 in Cherry Hill, NJ. In retirement they made a home in Boca Raton, FL, near his brother Jack and his wife, Margaret. Dad moved to Houston in 2015, and enjoyed his days here immensely. They made friends everywhere they lived.
In his wake he leaves his son, Joe, and his wife Carol Birkofer, and his daughter, Kathi, and her husband Chris Correia. He loved his grandchildren: Matthew, Alison and Miranda Correia, and Virginia and Ted Birkofer. He will be missed by his brother Bill, and his wife Mary, and his sister-in-law, Floss Benoit. He was especially fond of his nieces: Catherine Johnson, Karen Sturdevandt, Carole Rynn, Anne Ellis, Julie Birkofer and Jane Christiansen. He shared his guidance freely.
The family will celebrate his life on August 22nd, from 5 until 8 in the evening, at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama, Houston Texas, 77005. He will be joining our mother at Arlington National Cemetery in late March; specifics for that service and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider joining him in supporting The Periwinkle Foundation (www.periwinklefoundation.org), which provides camps for children dealing with cancer. He enjoyed his Saturday mornings at The Brookdale selling (and consuming) donuts to raise funds for the Periwinkle kids.

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I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain,grief,and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24: 15) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

My sympathy, care and prayers are with you Joe and your family and all the Birkofer family at this time. May the spirit and memories of a noble man, Dick bring comfort and peace to each of you. May his Eternal home bring him peace and joy as he joins his wife and all his family who had gone before him. He will be watching over all of you. May God bless you and console you each day. Sincerely, Margaret

Margaret Barkey, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland

Joe, Carol, Virginia, Ted and Birkofer family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate the wonderful life of Dick Birkofer. May the loving memories of your father / grandfather be of comfort and always with you. We are making a donation to Periwinkle Foundation in his memory. Our deepest Sympathy,

The Oddo's: David, Sherri, Kelsi, Kristina and Marissa, Highlands Ranch, CO

Candle tribute lit by Sherri Oddo — Colorado

My sympathies to the Birkofer family. Joe, I was sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. What a wonderful life he lived. Keeping you and your family in prayer.

Margret Sonnier, Houston, TX

When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel watching over you. We extend our sincere condolences to you.

Charles and Diane Meyer, Houston, TX

Thank you so much for sharing! I think you are very blessed to have had such great parents.

Eileen Robinson , St Cloud , FL

Candle tribute lit by Theresa Mckinney — Ohio

My heartfelt sympathies to Dick's family. Dick was a wonderful husband, father, and friend. He always listened with a smile and a song in his heart. I will remember his loving spirit always.

Kathryn Brumbaugh, Clearwater, FL

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

Kathi, when we were kids, I remember during car rides, how he used to ask us about school and quiz us on things that he knew we learning. When I grew up, I looked back on that fondly. In fact, he has inspired me to do the same with my own kids!

Brenda McGinley, Cherry Hill, NJ

He was such a lovely, loving man. We will be in Virginia with the Winedale students on August 22nd. Otherwise, we would absolutely be there to celebrate his life with you. Much love and hope to see you guys soon.

James and Laurel Loehln, Austin, TX

Joe, I loved reading the obituary of your Father. He was truly one of a kind. I have never had the privilege of meeting him but I feel like I know him after reading his life history. He was so giving of himself in so many ways. He is now enjoying his eternal home along with your Mother. What a wonderful Legacy he leaves behind! Please accept our sympathy! May he rest in peace. Amen.

Mary Ann & Cletus Zimmerman, Houston, Tx

Our deepest condolences go to the Birkofer family. Dick was a big part of our family for many years celebrating birthdays, first communions, graduations of our kids as well as other life events both big and small. In the short time he lived in Houston he developed great friendships with the residents at the Brookdale and will be greatly missed. You have left a great legacy, Dick, through your wonderful children and grandchildren. Vaya con Dios. We love you.

The Simon Family, Houston, TX


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