Amos Birdcreek

Funeral services for Amos B. Birdcreek, 80, Lawrence,KS, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Military graveside honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  He died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence.

He was born August 28, 1931 in Weleetka, Oklahoma, the son of Lewis and Ida (Robison) Birdcreek. He attended kindergarten through seventh grade at the Euchee Boarding School in Sapulpa, OK.  He graduated from high school at Haskell.  He also went through the post-high school plumbing program at Haskell.  He was a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation.

He served his country for 20 years in the Army National Guard of Kansas. 

He was a retired teacher, plumber, and draftsman.  He worked part-time for the Kansas Turnpike Authority for a number of years.

He married Valeta Tah on August 12, 1960 in Winfield, Kansas. They later divorced.

Survivors include three daughters; Gwendolyn Ramirez, of Lawrence, KS, Brenda Birdcreek, of Lawence, KS, Kimberly Birdcreek, Lawrence, KS, a son, Ben Birdcreek, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren (Wesley, Shawn, Vincent, Jessica, Benson, Abraham and Emmie) and four great grandchildren (Kyle, Camryn, Hunter & Hailey).  He was preceded in death by his parents and his three siblings.

The family will greet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

19 Condolences

  1. Curtis Wright on September 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    “A very close friend since High school days!

  2. Allan Otte on September 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I never got to know Amos as well as I would have liked to.But the part I did get to know told me he was a kind,generous,caring and very friendly man who carried a great deal of love for his family and friends.His shadow will be missed.I loved you friend,Allan

  3. Emmie B on September 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I Love You, and Miss You Grandpa.
    You don’t have to suffer anymore, You’re free. I accepted it, but I will miss you and you will always be in my heart. I won’t forget such a magnificent grandfather. You were funny and you made me laugh so much. I made you laugh and you would always crack up at my jokes. You were one of the people who actually liked listening to my funny stories and such. I Love You, Grandpa, You’re a good man and always will be. Until then, I will see You later, wherever that may be, and wait for me in Heaven when I depart too. For now, I will remember and keep you in my heart, and until we meet again, Grandpa.
    Love You. —Your Grand-Daughter

  4. Brenda Birdcreek on September 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thank You Dad for always being there to listen to Me and not to judge me. You’ll always be a guiding light in my heart. I miss You and Love You Always —Brenda.

  5. Ed Sellers on September 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    While I only got to meet Amos a
    few times at music events, I could tell that he was nice person. Plus, anyone who could
    be a best friend of Curtis Wright would have to be the best
    of folks.

  6. james 'little red' lee on September 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Old friends, even when not close leave a gap in your memory vault. High school, Co H, 35th Div., Kansas National guard and the first face I saw when returning to Haskell for the first time having been away for near twenty years, Amos taking my turnpie money. Best to family and friends, Amos a man you can be proud to have as kin and to have been a friend. Cedar and sage will bless his spirit. Red Lee

  7. Linda Folsom Davis on September 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Gwen I don’t remember ever meeting your dad, but I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Lanell Finneran on September 19, 2011 at 11:25 am


    My thoughts are with you and your family. I am sure you will miss your father immensely. I believe I recognize him now as the person who used to take my money at the west Lawrence turnpike booth and who always had smile on his face and a kind thought to share.

    Lanell Finneran

  9. Patty Davis on September 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Kim and Gwen. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am thinking about you both and your family.

  10. Sherry Wealthall on September 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news! I worked at Brandon Woods for several years and had the honor of cleaning for your father! He was such a sweet man! He will be missed!

  11. Gwen Ramirez on September 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Dad i will miss you so much but i know you are with God now so i am at peace with that i will have the memories of spending time watching sports and you always asking what color i am going to dye my hair but at the last you called me Flammin Red so i will always remember that Dad Thank You for all you have done for me Always in my heart Love Your Daughter Gwen

  12. Jesse James Jr., Anita Arkeketa-James, Krystin and Ahli on September 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I will miss Amos’ smile and laughter. I knew sometimes he was in pain, but he always looked at the bright side and showed a brave, humble yet honorable face. I know he appreciated all the care and love from his family, who always seemed to be there for him. What a lucky man. I know you will miss him and we will too!

  13. Hob & Helen Crockett on September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Dear Kimberly (& family),

    Here on the Third Floor South at Brandon Woods, we have been missing Amos’s cheerful smile very much these last few months. Hob and I are very sad to learn he won’t be coming back to greet us as he sits in the alcove living area. We enjoyed knowing him–and you, Kimberly! We’ll miss seeing you, as well. Your father had a most pleasant personality and was warm and gracious to us as newcomers to Brandon Woods.

    We are so sorry for your loss.


    Helen Crockett (and Hob)
    Apt. #312
    Brandon Woods

  14. Lorraine Denson on September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    He will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more
    Neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore
    The former things have passed away
    Rev 21:4

  15. Natalie "Kris" Starr on September 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    To all my cousins, nieces and nephews, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know it must be hard, and I feel your sadness. I just remember uncle Amos since I was little, he was always so nice and cheerful, happy and just respectful. I can’t say enough, he was and is a spectacular man, and he lived a very long time. It has been 11 years since my dad has left this earth to be with God and his loved ones, and I miss him everyday and think of him everyday, I miss him and love him so much. But I know I will see him again and all of us will be together again someday. I believe God allows them to come visit us in our dreams and to watch over us. They know everything now on the other side. I send my love and strength to you all and I will pray for all you. I wish so much to be there with you all. God Bless all of you and remember uncle Amos is by your side, you can talk to him through God. Peace be with you. Love Kris Starr and family.

  16. Sam Porritt III on September 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I was so very sorry to hear of Amos passing. He was such a fine man.

    I met Amos a few years ago at Brandon Woods. Amos was a friend of my father, Sam Porritt Jr., who lives at BW. Amos, Dad, Larry, Joe and Betty ate dinner together virtually every night. They shared many laughs and stories.

    Earlier this year, my Dad’s health declined and he was no longer able to live independently. We moved him to the South building where they provide skilled nursing care. The move has been good for Dad in all ways but one. He really missed his friends Amos and Larry!

    The last time I saw Amos was a few months ago in the main dining room at BW. We chatted about Dad’s health. I knew that Amos also had some health issues, but had no idea they were so serious.

    I will always be thankful for meeting and knowing Amos. He was a true gentleman and a great friend to my father.

    I wish your family strength in coping with your loss. May you be comforted by many happy memories of your years together!

    My very best wishes to you,
    Sam Porritt III

  17. Loretta Tah on September 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I will always remember Amos as a good father to Gwen, Brenda, Kim and Benji. He was always there for them, and the rest of his family. He made a lot of good memories for his family to look back on. Be strong and God Bless.

  18. Marcy Parnacher Old Crow on October 6, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I’m sorry to hear about Amos. He was very caring and nice to me. May God be with the family.

  19. Emmie on February 26, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I still miss you, Grandpa. More than I ever thought I would. I guess you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.. but I Love You so much. I hope you’re doing okay.
    I will always be your little “bag of nothing”

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