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Eugene Bird

Eugene J. Bird Sr.

Thursday, April 25th, 1935 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Eugene J. Bird Sr., 85, died at Mercy Medical Center on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Private services will be held at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, and will be available to view on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home Facebook page on Tuesday, October 13.

Eugene was born April 25, 1935 in North Buena Vista, the son of Leo and Rita (Schaul) Bird. He married Verna L. Meyers on September 24, 1955 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque.
Eugene served his country with the U.S. Army.

With only a pick-up truck, ladder, and a tool box, Eugene started his own business, Sign Service, which he owned and operated for 41 years.

Eugene enjoyed football, golf, cars, trucks, and good food. He loved when people would stop in anytime for a cup of coffee and good conversation. Most recently, he enjoyed spending time with friends at Windsor Park.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Verna Bird; three children, Carol (Marty) Petitgout of East Dubuque, IL, Eugene (Joy) Bird Jr. of Waukee, IA, and Marilyn (Edwin Barber) Bird of Scottsdale, AZ; his grandchildren, Zach Bird of Chicago, Abby (Zach) Berger of Iowa City, Sophia Bird of Des Moines, and Stephany and Natalie Stueck; and his sister in law, Ruth Bird.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Merlin Bird, Charles (Germaine) Bird, Francis (Virginia) Bird, Clyde Bird, and Anna Mae (Frank) Barry.

Eugene’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center for their wonderful care.
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Peggy Hefel

Posted at 11:11am
To the Gene Bird Family: You don’t know me, Jean Ann Hefel, but Verna, you helped out my parents on the farm when I was born, according to my brother Gary. The Bird family and our parents grew up together near Holy Cross/Buenie. I remember Dad talking about the Bird family and the fun they had together! In honor of our parents, Vince and Irene Hefel, we send our deepest condolences to you Verna and your families. Love and Hugs, The Children of Vince and Irene Hefel
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Diane Domeyer Kock

Posted at 04:56pm
Verna, Marilyn/Jewel, Eug/Joy and Carol/Marty,

My heart goes out to you and your families. Gene was such a special man but then again, no one needs to tell you that. It has been quite a while since I’ve seen him but the welcoming I always had at your home and the stories Gene would tell will stay with me forever. The stories in heaven ate going to get much for interesting and entertaining now. My Dad who went to high school with Gene recently recounted the heroic stories of North Korea and he said he’s shared them over the years with so many others. He lives on in each of you and in the spirit of his memories. God bless Gene, the joy he brought others and all of you.

Diane Domeyer Kock
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Sharon Kluesner

Posted at 03:44pm
My deepest sympathy to Verna and family. May all your happy memories of Gene help you through this difficult time.
Gene was a very good neighbor and always friendly.

Sharon Kluesner
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Maureen Crahan

Posted at 11:15am
Dear Verna, Marilyn, Jewel, Carol, Marty, Eug, Joy and grandchildren,

My heart goes out to all of you during this sad time that came about so suddenly. I wish you could all be together to comfort each other. I know Gene’s passing creates a huge void, especially for Verna. I don’t remember ever seeing you apart. What a great testament to your marriage.

I echo Laura Felderman’s fond sentiments about spending time at the fun Bird home, KC Hall, and one of my favorite memories, Carol and Marty’s wedding, where I witnessed another great union and did my part to celebrate it. My fun times were plentiful, especially with Marilyn. and the celebration of a great marriage continued at Marilyn and Jewel’s beautiful wedding.

I looked forward to seeing the family at Holy Ghost’s 4:15 mass, where Gene proudly ushered. His walk was unmistakable. He graciously offered his time and talent to the parish without fail.

When telling a story or joke, Gene kept me captivated with those distinctive blue eyes that he’d flash upon finishing, followed by a fun giggle. He always had something nice to share.

May God hold all of you close, as He finds a special place for Gene. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

Maureen (McEnany) Crahan

 
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Marilyn Bird Posted at 09:54pm

Thank you for your thoughtful message, Maureen. Our parents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary the week before Dad passed. They really were a special team. I can still see him walking down the church aisle smiling and eager to visit with everyone after mass. You described him well and it is comforting to hear how he made an impact on you. You were a special family friend that Dad always looked forward to seeing and sharing laughs. Thank you again, Marilyn Bird
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Laura Felderman

Posted at 10:16pm
My deepest sympathy to Verna, Carol, Eug, and Marilyn. Even though it has been so many years since I have been in contact with Gene and your family, my heart is so sadden in his loss as he was such a fun-loving, hard working, dedicated family man. Gene has left me with so many heart warming memories as a young girl as I spent lots of weekends at your home at the end of Chicago Ave. Marilyn and I were besties durning those years and I LOVED to spend the weekends in your home. Gene was a man who was always joking and had a great laugh that I can still hear today. He loved to point that finger when he got to the punch line of his story or joke. He also had an imagination as he tried to convince me of the "the little kriegers" running around your house. Also, enjoyed all the fun road trips to Frank and Anna Mae's farm, family in Cedar Rapids, and Peosta KC's. I loved attending those Friday nights at KC bingo hall in Peosta, working the kitchen at break, then eating lots of candy and soda at the bar. Lot of laughs and jokes were made working that kitchen at intermission. Also, remember when Gene became a Grand Knight. What a dedicated, catholic man to volunteer so much of his time through the years as a KC Knight. In addition, being a dedicated usher at Holy Ghost Church, Saturday evening mass, for many years. He had created so many friendships. Gene was dedicated and loyal to what he believed in. Gene was also a hard working working man, and now looking back, there were no computers to design all of those big signs. It amazed me how he would build those big signs with his tools, welding, and creative hands. Gene rarely took a vacation as he was extremely dedicated to his sign business to provide for his family. I was always proud to point out a sign that Gene made when driving through DBQ. Thank you for sharing Gene with me in my younger days. He was such a FUN guy, who was an extremely happy guy and loved to laugh. May you all feel God's arms around each of you during this difficult time. May Gene's memories and the love he had for each of you live in your heart and ease your pain. My deepest sympathy, Laura Gartner Felderman
 
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Marilyn Bird Posted at 02:38pm

Thank you, Laura, for your kind words and wonderful memories. My dad considered you part of our family and always looked forward to seeing you and your family in church. Thank you for reminding me of his good nature and fun loving spirit. His death was a surprise to all of us so these types of stories really help. I was able to spend a lot of time with him during the past year and create more fun and special memories. I know it's been a while since we have all been together but rest assured - he was the same good natured, family first, creative soul. On behalf of my entire family, thank you again. Friends forever, Marilyn Bird
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