Bobbie Alton Birdett died Jan. 19, 2013, in Weatherford, where he had resided for a year.
Service is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Dutton Funeral Home, in Iowa Park, Texas, with interment immediately following at Highland Cemetery, also in Iowa Park.
He was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Dublin, Texas, to Alton “Lefty” and Marie (McCarty) Birdett. He was a longtime Wichita County resident. Bobbie attended schools in Dublin and Palacios, Texas, and entered the U.S. Navy in Wichita Falls in 1946. He married the “girl next door,” Emily Faye Coen, on March 6, 1948, in Wichita Falls and they were together for 54 years until her death in 2002.
Among other jobs, Bobbie was employed by the Atomic Energy Commission in Los Alamos, N.M. from 1954 to 1959 and retired from Civil Service at Sheppard AFB in 1983.
Bobbie and Faye were both active in the VFW and its auxiliary organization, the Military Order of the Cootie. Bobbie served as Supreme Commander of the MOC in 1984-85 was and Supreme Quartermaster in 1983-94.
Bobbie is survived by three children, Charl Roberson and husband, Steve, of Weatherford, Stephanie Birdett, of Louisville, Ky., and Tom Birdett and wife, Kathey, of Brownwood; five grandchildren, Stacey Roberson and wife, Heidi, of Castle Rock, Colo., Rebecca Martini and husband, Michael, of Mansfield, Lisa Woods and husband, Tom, of San Angelo, Cyndi Larrimore and husband, Steve, of Austin, and Brenda Surles and husband, Jacob, of Gonzales; nine great-grandsons, TJ, Tanner, Tyler and Trace Woods, Spencer and Ty Roberson, Keaton Larrimore and Donovan Surles; one great-granddaughter, Charlie Martini; one great-great-granddaughter, Aubree Woods. Another great-granddaughter is expected in the spring. He is also survived by a sister, Lela Mai Nolen, of Howe; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Friendly Door Senior Citizens Center of Iowa Park, Texas.
Dutton Funeral Home