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.