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(January 17, 1951 – August 15, 2012)

After a long, courageous battle with colon disease Richard “Rick” Jay Birky, 61, died on Aug. 15, 2012. Rick was born in Bay City on January 17, 1951 to Richard Birky and the late Royal Jacqueline Loomis. Rick loved the great outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed tying his own flies. Rick loved sports, guns and hunting, especially when he was young. Rick was a wealth knowledge on birds and could identify them as they flew by. Rick would like to say to everyone who knew him WAKA WAKA. Rick is survived by his father Richard; brothers, William and Thomas; many nieces and nephews, especially Heather, Jeremy and Chris. Rick was predeceased by his sister Deborah. A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11:00 am. with Reverend Pamela Buchholz officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Ricks final desire was to reroof his father’s home so those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Rick’s father in his honor.Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com