Ronnie Frank Birdwell


Birdwell, RonnieRonnie Frank Birdwell, “Birdie”, 71, passed away without pain and in the comfort of Jesus on November 11, 2015.

Ronnie was born to Jack and Mildred Birdwell in Oklahoma City, Ok on November 7, 1944. Ronnie attended Edmond High School and graduated in 1962. He also completed his Masters in Seminary. Ronnie served for 22 years and retired from the Army National Guard with the attained rank of CWO3. He also served on the Oklahoma City Police Department. In 1968 he married his first wife Carol and began fatherhood with Timothy Birdwell. In 1983 he married Dixie Birdwell and she preceded him in death of natural causes. In 1995 he married his latest wife Debra Birdwell.

Early in Ronnie’s life, he enjoyed coaching little league football. He stayed active in all of his children’s activities. He was active throughout life in his church and pastored inmates with his prison ministry, Son-Life Ministries.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jack and Mildred Birdwell; his wife, Dixie Birdwell, his latest wife Debra Birdwell and his granddaughter Anita Phillips. He is survived by his brother Robert and wife Hoppy Birdwell; son Timothy Birdwell and fiancé Michelle, son James and wife Rashell Phillips, daughter Stacy and husband Tim Henderson, son Bradley and wife Darbi Tomlinson, and son Joseph and wife Michelle Tomlinson. He is survived by his grandchildren Taylor, Memorie, Breanna, Caleb, Peyton, Brayden, Elijah, Christopher, Makenzi and Kane, the great-grandchildren and other loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ronnie will be especially remembered for his love for Jesus, being the biggest OU Sooner fan you ever saw, and he thoroughly enjoyed picking out his fantasy football team and following it each year. He had a love for his country and the American people that could never be replicated. His children and his grandchildren would light up his face brighter than the sun.

A viewing will be held on Monday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Matthews Funeral Home with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Edmond, OK.


  1. Dear Birdwell family,
    We’ve never met but please accept my condolence and deep regrets and sorrow for your loss because this enemy death is our worse enemy and always brings much grief and pain and I wanted to share the comfort and hope I received when I lost my entire family to this enemy. I found it in the pages of Jehovah Gods the Bible at John5:28,29 here Jesus states that we’ll see our love ones again when he resurrects them on earth and also at Isaiah25:8 we’re told that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever. There’s more help that I received at and I through these means I’m able to get through each day because I miss them so much. I do hope this helps you in some way also because this is my reason for sharing this with you and please know I do share your grief. Please let know if this helped at I do hope to hear from you.
    Sincerely, GMosley

  2. I was REALLY STUNNED yesterday when I received the notice from George Frame that Ron had passed. I knew he had had several surgeries that were SERIOUS. I must admit I didn’t read Ron’s Facebook page until after he passed, and regretted not letting him know how much he meant to all of us. My Facebook presence has been limited lately mainly because of Zane’s dental surgery November 5. It is just an example of how we get involved with our “stuff”.

    Ron was a GREAT friend in MANY ways! As a fellow class mate, I doubt if y’all know Ron was THE FORCE behind our 50th Reunion getting pushed forward! Back in 2012 Ron started emailing me about what were WE going to do for our Reunion. This one was the BIG one!! He is THE ONE who started our Facebook Page trying to see if anyone was interested in working on the “project”. Finally I was inspired to start working on what became our Reunion. Ron and I felt STRONGLY about having a Memorial for the classmates. Those of you who attended the Memorial Service Ron delivered a VERY INSPIRING sermon. Yes, Ron we WILL meet again at the GREAT REUNION in HEAVEN! Meanwhile you WILL BE MISSED!!!

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