Richard John Bird, aged 71, spread his wings and flew to a better place on Thursday April 27th, 2017, after being cared for at home by his loving family and friends. Richard was born December 1st, 1945 in Marshfield to Ernest and Theola (Pagenkopf) Bird. Richard graduated from Neillsville High School in 1965. Following graduation, Richard served his country proudly until 1969 in the United States Marine Corps. He served three tours in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.
Richard held a variety of jobs throughout his life and spent most of his time dairy and hobby farming. In his free time and following his retirement in 2007, he loved putting puzzles together, feeding and watching birds, four-wheeling with family and special friends, helping a dear friend with farm work, visiting with friends, and mowing yard with great attention to detail.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (Lewin) Bird, daughters Maria Bird of Eau Claire, Amanda Bird of Florida, and Jessie Bird of Greenwood, one brother, Robert Bird, of Alaska, and one sister, Barbara Boyer (Dave). He is further survived by two grandchildren, Kai and Malia, cousins, brother and sister-in laws, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and nephew Chris Boyer.
A Celebration of Richard's life will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the American Legion Post #73 in Neillsville, WI.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Chris Boyer Memorial Fund (www.chrisboyermemorial.com) in honor of his nephew, or the Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org).
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Richard's family with Funeral arrangements.