A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert D. Bird, Sr. of Bowling Green, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the service immediately following.
Robert was born on Mother’s Day, May 12, 1941 to Richard Delbert and Nola Imogene (Williams) Bird at Levering Hospital in Hannibal. He passed away at his home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.
The family moved to rural Bowling Green in 1954 where he met and married his wife of 48 years, Lanette Shinn. She survives.
Along with his beloved wife, Robert leaves behind two children, Robert D. (Robbie), Jr. and wife Terri (Grote) Bird of Middletown; Susan and husband Ron Oberman of New Hartford; four grandchildren, Michelle, Russell and Raymond Bird, and William Oberman and fiancée Stephanie Wilhoit, one brother and sister-in-law Richard D. Bird, Jr. and wife Connie of Bowling Green, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Robert served his country as a reservist in the United States Army. His first place of employment was Bleigh Construction Company of Hannibal. He started working for Hercules in Louisiana in 1967 and retired from Dyno Nobel in 2000.
Robert had many enjoyments and interests throughout his life including horseback riding, fishing, hunting, pitching horse shoes, canoeing and bike riding. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan as well as a fan of high school sports. Robert enjoyed raising, training, and hunting coon hounds. He was very involved with his children, teaching them to ride horses, hunt, fish, and pitch horse shoes. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family. One of his favorite trips was to the horse races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
The most important thing to Robert was being able to spend time with his grandchildren. He rarely missed any function in which they were involved. When his grandchildren came to visit, which they did often, he would stop what he was doing to listen to their stories and teach them about the things he enjoyed most. He loved bragging about his grandchildren and was proud of each of their accomplishments.
Robert was a true and loyal friend to many throughout his life.
Per Robert’s wishes cremation will be handled by Grandview Funeral Home of Hannibal. A private burial at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pike County Home Health and Hospice or Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.