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Leo G. Birkel
June 10, 1949 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Leo Glenn Birkel, of Seward, was born on June 10, 1949 to Thomas and Betty (Martin) Birkel in David City, Nebraska. He graduated from David City Aquinas Catholic High School in 1968. On October 5, 1970 Leo was united in marriage to Betty Garhart in York, Nebraska. Leo was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and he also umpired. In his free time, he enjoyed watching sports. He especially liked being outside gardening, listening to birds and watching squirrels. Leo passed away on July 29, 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 74 years. He is survived by his wife, Betty Birkel of Seward, Nebraska; children, Bonnie (Doug) Luethke of Milford, Nebraska, Mike (Bobbie Jo) Birkel of Garland, Nebraska, Joshua Birkel of Seward, Nebraska; grandchildren, Joey and Emily Birkel, Racquel Luethke, Alex Birkel, Chase Birkel, Dustin Luethke, Caine Birkel, Leo Birkel Bailey and Alando Birkel; great grandchildren, James and Liam Birkel and baby girl Birkel expected in October; siblings, Pat (Kerwin) Brown of Metamora, Illinois, Don Birkel of Rising City, Nebraska, Marty (Susan) Birkel of Bellwood, Nebraska, Deb (Jim) Litchfield of Wakefield, Nebraska, Sandy (Terry) Litchfield of Colorado, Bob (Teresa) Birkel of Dwight, Nebraska. Leo was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Birkel; parents, Tom and Betty Birkel; siblings, Virginia Birkel and Steve Birkel.