Roger E. Bird
Roger Bird, 60 of Britt, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014, at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services for Roger Bird will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt with Pastor Norm Bauer officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel in Britt and will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday.
Roger Earl Bird was born September 10, 1953 to Fay and Velma (Dolphin) Bird in Mason City. Roger grew up in Britt, having lived in the same house his entire life. He attended and graduated from Britt High School before attending Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis, where he studied traffic control.
Following high school, Roger worked at Winnebago Industries for a time before beginning his career as a truck driver working for his father. He was dedicated to his work. Over the years, he drove for Hy Line Chickens, Max Yield and for Five Star Coop, until he hung his keys up for the final time in 2012 due to ill health.
Roger was united in marriage to Yvonne Reynolds on October 8, 1988 in Britt.
Roger enjoyed playing cribbage and riding motorcycles, and accumulated a substantial collection of flashlights. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and enjoyed gardening. He and Yvonne got great satisfaction from growing tomatoes to give away to family and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Roger will be remembered as a great father and grandfather, a role he willingly and proudly accepted.
Roger is survived by his wife, Yvonne of Britt; children Shannon Robinson and her daughter Nia of Des Moines, Amy (Nate Juhl) Wood and children Levi and Haley Wood and Gage Juhl of Britt, and Joel (Katy) Showalter and children Deven, Landon, and Lily of Rockwell; aunts Ann Dolphin of Olathe, Kansas and her family and Gazena Dolphin of Paso Robles, California; sisters-in-law Barbara Owens and family, Mechelle Budd and family and Anita Demery and family; brothers-in-law Gary Reynolds and family, Jerry Reynolds and family, Larry Reynolds and family, Terry Reynolds and family and Dalton Reynolds and family; along with numerous cousins and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law Dorothy and Trendell Reynolds, sister-in-law Debra Miller, special cousin Kenny Kline and many aunts and uncles.