He was born March 18, 1946, to Herbert Armin and Lulu Anna (Haeffner) Birkel.
Dwight was a truck driver for 27 years in the agricultural industry.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors: his wife, Patricia Ann (Sayers) Birkel; his daughters, Theresa Aston (Jim) and Victoria Goll (Mike) both of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Regina Alves (AJ), Rachel Aston (Jon Shaw), Andrew Orton (Bonita), and Roger Orton (Maggie); great-grandchildren- Ethan and Keira Alves; and Breanna, Alexis, and Rylie Orton.
In keeping with his wishes Mr. Birkel has been donated to medical science.