James Bird
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Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Enfield Funeral Home
215 W. Main
Norton, Kansas, United States

Funeral Service

10:30 am
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Norton Christian Church
208 N. Kansas
Norton, Kansas, United States

Obituary of James D. Bird



James D. Bird, son of Basil and Susan (Howell) Bird, was born August 5, 1935, in Hill City, and passed away at the Logan Manor in Logan, Kansas, on March 9, 2019, at the age of 83.

Jim attended several schools and graduated from high school in Plainville, Kansas. Following his graduation from high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in France and Germany as a jet mechanic. On November 29, 1960, Jim and (Sydnia) Delores Richardson were united in marriage in Clayton, Kansas, where they owned Bird's Service Station. Delores passed away February 23, 1990. Jim later married Gayle Hinz on June 29, 1990, in Clayton. In 2000, Jim retired and they moved to Almena, Kansas, and later moved to the Norton Manor.

Jim enjoyed fishing, reading, playing pool, ping pong, and raising a few sheep. Jim was an avid fan of the K.U. Jayhawks, Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and Boston Celtics (before Larry Bird retired.) His greatest joys in life were his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: his wife, Gayle Bird; three sons, Richard Bird, Hays, Kansas; James (Teresa) Bird, Leoville, Kansas; and Russell (Angie) Bird, Clayton; one step-son, Merlin (Deonne) Hinz, rural McCook, Nebraska; one brother, Charles (Jackie) Bird, Arvada, Colorado; two sisters, Sharon (Rodney) Wente, Quinter, Kansas, and Ginger (Ron) Hazlett, Burlington, Kansas; six grandchildren and six step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Delores, one step-son, Mark, one brother, Eldon Bird, and two sisters, Imogene Thayer and Normagene McIntyre.

VISITATION: Wednesday, March 13, 2019—5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – 215 W. Main – Norton, KS

FUNERAL SERVICE – Thursday, March 14, 2019—10:30 a.m.

PLACE – Norton Christian Church – Norton, KS

INTERMENT – Clayton Cemetery – Clayton, KS

MEMORIAL – James Bird Memorial Fund

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