Gary Lee Birge

October 27, 2018

Gary Lee Birge, 69, of Colfax, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at IU Health Hospital in Lafayette.

He was born on November 4, 1948 in Frankfort to Tommie and Wilma Bernice (Cox) Birge.  He married Carol Ann Walton on June 4, 1972 and she survives.  Gary was a 1966 graduate of Clinton Prairie High School and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from January 1969 to December 1970.  He was a lifelong Colfax resident and retired in 2013 from Federal Mogul in Frankfort after 43 years.  Gary was a member of the Colfax Christian Church, American Legion Post 12 and was a past Commander of the Colfax American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and playing Euchre with his buddies.

Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 East Clinton Street, Frankfort is honored to assist the Birge family. Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s honor to the Colfax Christian Church, 314 South Clark Street, Colfax.

Visitation and Services

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Plainview Cemetery in Colfax.  Pastor Paul Del Valley will officiate. 

Survived by:

Surviving along with his Wife: Carol Ann Birge are his Daughters:  Heather Ann (Mark) Bishop of Colfax & Michelle Leigh (Jason) Gryn of Florida;  Grandchildren:  Hunter Allen Bishop, Haley Michelle Bishop, & Joseph Thomas Gryn;  Brother:  Phillip Lewis (Roxy Ann) Birge of Frankfort.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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14 Condolences for “Gary Lee Birge”

  1. Melody & Brian October 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  2. Tina Wilkinson October 30, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    So sorry about the loss of Gary. He was a very good man. May God be with you all at this time and May His Love comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you all.

  3. Susan Wheat Heavilon October 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Wonderful childhood memories come to mind of a guy who was kind & oh so funny! Gary, you will be missed.

  4. Jim Lippard October 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a great friend and co-worker at Federal Mogul. I always enjoyed seeing you every year when you came into H&R Block and I prepared your taxes. This was such a shock to me. We are keeping you in our prayers. Jim Lippard

  5. Dwood October 30, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    So sorry to hear carol. I know the last time I seen you said he wasn’t good. So sorry for your loss. Prayers with you an rest of family 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  6. Lora & Bill Layton October 31, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Carol & Family, so very sorry for your loss. Gary will be missed by his family & friends.

  7. Tom Walters October 31, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I have known Gary the entire 43 years he worked at Federal Mogul. Gary was always friendly and like to joke and laugh. My condolences to the family, Rest In Peace your family are in our thoughts.

  8. Madeline Sanders October 31, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Known Gary my whole life. My God bless and watch over your family

  9. Harry D. Harshbarger October 31, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Gary came from a great and loving family. Gary was always kind to everyone. After we both retired we were able to reunite again after 50 years. We spent the summer of 2017 fishing on Raccoon in Park County. I really looked forward going fishing with Gary. He also brought back great memories of our teenage years. Sometimes on the lake we would stop fishing and just float in the boat around the lake. He would tell me he loved and appreciated his wife, children and grandchildren. He would tell me how he greatly appreciated his brother, Phillip, for providing for him and his mother as they both were recovering from their family tragedy when he was in the fourth grade. Gary had a good heart. I deeply respected Gary for being a good and loyal friend. I will miss my childhood friend and fishing buddy

  10. Janet Gish October 31, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Carol & Family
    So Sorry To see that Gary passed.

    Carol & Family Sorry to read of Gary’s passing, I’ll be praying for your family,
    Janet Gish Ruskin Fl.

    my prayer

  11. Exie Pence November 1, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I worked with Gary at FM. he was one of the good guys. So sorry for your loss.

  12. Rita Neidlinger November 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Carol – I am so sorry to hear about Gary. We will be keeping you and all the family in our thoughts and prayers. Rita and Jim Neidlinger

  13. Jane Kinslow Werner November 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I’ve known Gary my whole life. My thoughts and Prayers are with your family.

  14. Don Debbie Baker November 5, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Dear Birge Family, please accept our sincere condolences. We knew Gary from Federal Mogul. He was a very nice man and we will all miss him. Prayers for strength and comfort during this sad time.

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