BIRKEL-Richard L., 81. Mass of Christian Burial Nov. 26 at St. James Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Ben and Kate Birkel; brother, James L. Birkel; granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Birkel. Survived by wife, Alice M. Birkel; children and spouses, Mary Alice and Scott Newquist, Universal City, Texas, Kathleen and Jeff Rayl, and Richard and Maureen Birkel, all of Denver, Colo., Ben and Maureen Birkel, Knoxville, Tenn., Jean and Doug Schuller, Saginaw, Mich., Bernie and Steve Larsen, and Bill and Jackie Birkel; 17 grandchildren; sister, Betty Lou Birkel; sister-in-law, Harriet Birkel; nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. James Building Fund, Society for the Propagation of the Faith or Catholic Relief Society.