Funeral services celebrating the life of Paul Raymond Birr, age 64 of Minnesota will be 7PM, Friday, March 1st 2013 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Chapel in Albany.  Pastor Frederick Kutter will officiate and internment will take place at a later date at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Farming Township.  Paul passed peacefully after suffering a stroke and then a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family and friends at the Assumption Community Care Center in Cold Spring.  There will be a gathering time prior to the service Friday afternoon from 4-7PM.  Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

Paul was born August 11th, 1948 to Gustav and Marcella (Kelm) Birr in St. Cloud.  He lived his entire life in the central Minnesota area where he worked as an over the road truck driver.  Most recently he operated Birr Express Inc.  He was a 27 year member of OOIDA, and a member of Reynolds Baptist Church in Gutches Grove, MN. 

He is survived by his children Deborah (James) Vedral, Alexandria; Scott (Courtney Niemann) Birr, Brandon, MN; his grandchildren Dustin Vedral, Rebecca Vedral, Jessica Vedral, Austin Scott, David Scott, Taylor Birr, and numerous extended grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; his siblings Warren Birr, Cold Spring; Duane Birr, Albany; Kenn (Shirley) Burr, Albany; Ron Birr, Spartanburg, SC; Joyce (Dave) Wielenberg, Albany; brother-in-law Roger Notch Sr., Albany; and his special friend Kathleen Bisig.

He is preceded in death by his parents Gustav and Marcy Birr, his infant daughter Brenda Rae Birr, his sister Lois Notch, and his sister in law Leona Birr.