Wesley C. Birky, 96, of Valparaiso, Indiana passed away on May 30, 2023. He was born July 2, 1926 in Kouts, Indiana to the late Emanuel and Elsie Birky. Wesley loved Jesus and served Him faithfully all his life. His family was always so important to him and he loved and prayed for them all daily.
Wesley farmed for 50 years, then was employed by A&M Farm Center. He also served on the board of Federal Land Bank. He volunteered with the Gideon’s and at Urban Faith Works in Gary, Indiana.
Wesley is survived by his loving wife, Vera Nuest Birky; his children, Gwen (Gary) Miller, Lynn Hollandsworth, Pam (Jerome) Basinger, and Brenda (Bart) Strong; his grandchildren, Rachel (John) Snowden, Ben Miller, Jeff (Gwen) Hollandsworth, Dan (Vikki) Basinger, and Bekah (Lucas) Grudda; his great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Ezekiel Snowden, Naomi Miller, Wesley and Bradley Basinger, and Olivia, Caleb, Micah, and Macie Grudda; His through marriage children, Steve (Connie) Nuest, Jacki (Dan) Schmidgall, and Jill (Jim) Hitz; his through marriage grandchildren, Cory (Shannon) Nuest, Chad (Kalee) Nuest, Ashlee (Claudy) Francois, Trent Schmidgall, Brandi (Jeff) Hall, Sarah Conway, Jonathon (Kellee) Hitz, and Justin Hitz; his through marriage great-grandchildren, Courtney, Dani, and Troy Nuest, Abigail, Jett, and Cash Nuest, Lia and Emerson Francois, Kyler, Keedin, and Kynlee Schmidgall, Taelyn and Stone Hall, Gabriella and Tommy Conway, Hallie, Jase, and Jack Hitz, and Taylor and Dylan Hitz; his sister-in-law, Vivian (Myron) Birky. Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nila Maddox Birky; his infant son, Gary Michael Birky; and his siblings, Margaret (Homer) Birky and Myron Birky.
Wesley worshipped at Liberty Bible Church, 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton, where his funeral service will be held Monday, June 5th beginning at 3:00 pm, Pastor Kevin Earhart officiating. Private burial at Hopewell Cemetery, Kouts will precede the service. Memorial donations may be made to World Venture, to benefit his granddaughter’s Christian mission in Dakar, Senegal. 


Thoughts and prayers are with you. Wes was a wonderful friend and helped everyone. He is in heaven now pain free. -Mary Carlson 

What a wonderful man!!! Who will be greatly missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. -Becky and Bill Cook 

You were my most wonderful Sunday School teacher during my young teen years and your precious mother Elsie taught me so much about our loving father in heaven when I was a small child. Your wonderful father Manny was one of my father{Lester Martins} favorite uncles. Precious Memories---- How they linger! Another servant is now at home rejoicing with all his loved ones that have gone on before. PTL -Owen Martin 

Two of my recent memories of Wes were hearing him share Jesus with a family during a Liberty backpacks program and waving to Wes as he rode his bicycle passed our condo on Sturdy Road early on mornings. Wes was very special to many folks at Liberty Bible Church. He will be missed. -Bert Jacobs 


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