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BIRD, Gilbert Ray 1919-2015


Posted By: K. L. Kittleson
Date: 11/28/2015 at 23:41:44

Gilbert Ray Bird

June 26, 1919 - November 24, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories
965 Home Plaza
Waterloo, Iowa

Funeral Service:
Monday, November 30, 2015
St. Timothy United Methodist Church
3220 Terrace Drive
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Garden of Memories

Gilbert Ray Bird was born June 26, 1919 in Rural Buchanan County Iowa, son of William and Goldia (Benion) Bird. Gilbert married Marian Williamson on September 29, 1943 and the couple remained in the Jesup area farming for several years. They later moved to Waterloo where he worked as a Lab Control Technician at Rath Packing Plant for 34 years.

After retiring from Rath, Gilbert started a lawn care business with his son, Gary, joining him later. He enjoyed doing yard work for others until he was 86 years of age. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and BINGO. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends!

Gilbert passed away at the age of 96 years at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, in 1989; son, Gary Bird in 2012; three brothers: Lyle Bird, Ardell Bird and Richard Bird; two sisters, Pauline “Polly” Bird and Marguerite Broessel; and his longtime friend, Alberta Weber, in July 2015.

Gilbert is survived by two daughters, Jacque (Gary) Hauser of Toledo, Iowa, and Karen (Al Hintz) Towlerton of Denver, Iowa; eight grandchildren: Randy (Krista) Bird, Erik (Julie) Bird, Angie (Troy Heiple) Buss, Brent (Tracie) Grosse, Kristine (Bud) Field, Kelly (Steven) Langan, Graham (Mandi) Towlerton and Courtney Towlerton; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice

Source: Locke Funeral Home


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