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Otha Wyatt Birkner, Jr.

    Otha Wyatt Birkner, Jr. passed away at his home October 27, 2022. 
    A Memorial Service was held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. with Kalith Brown officiating.
     Arrangements are under the direction of Branon Funeral Home.
    He was born March 10, 1949, in Bay City, Tx, to Otha Wyatt Birkner, Sr. and Melba Rose Cook Birkner. He was the first child of three.
    He is survived by his wife, Katherine Birkner; three children, Allan Birkner and wife Julie of Montgomery, TX., Derik Graves and wife Katie of Castroville, TX., and daughter Valerie Moore and husband Stephen of Cedar Park, TX. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Tyler Birkner, Trey Birkner, Kieran McMahan, Avery Graves, Kaia Moore, Addison Graves & Arya Moore. One lives in heaven, Jenna Birkner. He is survived by two brothers, Don Birkner and wife JK Gayle of Tacoma, Washington and Tim Birkner and his wife Jan of Early. TX. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their spouses.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Otha Wyatt Birkner, Sr. and his wife Melba Rose Cook Birkner of Vanderpool, TX.
    He grew up in Bay City, Van Vleck, and graduated from Van Vleck High School.  He attended college at A and I and Stephen F. Austin. After attending college, he became a crop duster which brought him to Uvalde where he opened his own business as a crop duster. He worked as a guide for bow hunters, hunters, and for Helena Agri hired by Billy Wagner in Uvalde. He then worked for Helena Agri in Uvalde and Lamesa until his retirement in 2020. 
    He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, First Methodist Church and dear to his heart Emmaus and Kairos of which he maintained many friends. 
    His plan is to be cremated and his ashes put out on the Sabinal River where he spent most of his time at his home place across from Lost Maples Sate Park. This will allow him to flow all the way to the Gulf of Mexico where he so enjoyed fishing with friends and family.
    Pallbearers will be his grandchildren of which there is no replacement.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital at
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