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In Loving Memory Of Dorothy Lois Birkelbach

Nov. 5, 1926 — March 14, 2020

Dorothy Lois Birkelbach was born in Littlefield, TX, to Walter and Thelma Timian on Nov. 5, 1926, where, according to her, “on the corner where the First Bapfist Church is now.” She departed this life to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Dorothy attended Littlefield High School and Draughon’s Business College in Lubbock, TX. She became a military bride on June 9, 1943, when she married 2nd Lieutenant Werner W Birkelbach. She manned the home front while Werner went to war.

After Werner’s discharge from the Army in 1945, the couple returned to Littlefield where they started a family and founded Birkelbach Machine & Pump in 1955.

Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. In addition to raising their three children, she and Werner welcomed nieces and nephews into their home at various times to help out their extended families She loved to cook, and everyone was always welcomed at her table. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed needlework and ceramics.

Dorothy was active in the Littlefield First United Methodist Church as long as she was able, singing in the choir and teaching adult Sunday School.

Werner was an avid sail plane pilot, and Dorothy loved to accompany him to soaring competitions where she made many friends in the soaring community. She once pulled an empty sail plane trailer from the Mexican border to Canada while Werner and his friends sailed along the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, stopping when they landed at various airports along the way for fun and fellowship.

Dorothy loved to fish with her family and friends on Lake Buchannan, TX. She and Werner hosted many “Grandkid Camps” there. Her favorite food was fried catfish.

She was “Granny Dot.”

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Terri Peel and husband, Bruce of Austin, TX; her son, Randy Birkelbach and wife, Ede of Collinsville, OK; seven grandchildren, Casey Peel of Seattle, WA, Kelly Peel of Spicewood, TX, Jonathan Peel and wife, Lindsey of Cedar Park, TX, Staci Hamilton and husband, David of LehighAcres, FA, Shelli Myers and husband, Brian of Montgomery, TX, Phil Birkelbach and wife, Shannon of Waller, TX, and Steven Birkelbach and wife, Brandi of Pilots Point, TX; eleven great-grandchildren, Kooper, Isabelle, Miller, and Weslie Peel; Dustin Gibbs, Clint and Hunter Hamilton; Jared and Charlie Myers; and Chase and Kaden Birkelbach; her sister, Betty Wilkinson of Littlefield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Thelma; husband, Werner; and son, Kenny.

Services were held 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Littlefield, with Rev. Danny Sanders officiating. Interment followed in Littlefield Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers were Phil Birkelbach, Kelly Peel, Kooper Peel, Jonathan Peel, Miller Peel, Ronnie Lueck, and Jeff Birkelbach.

The family suggests memorials to be sent to Littlefield EMS or to the Patient Advocate Foundation, 421 Butler Farm Rd, Hampton, VA 23666.

Dorothy’s family would like to thank Library of Legacies Assisted Living Facility and Legacy of Love Hospice for their loving, compassionate care.

Lamb County Leader-News

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Littlefield, TX 79339
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