Bird, Robert J. Sr.
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Robert James Bird Sr., age 79 of Freeport passed away on December 3, 2019. Robert was born on August 10, 1940 in Freeport, the son of Ivon G. and Martha O. (Elliott) Bird. Robert was an equipment operator in the construction industry for over forty years. Robert loved the outdoors: hunting and gardening. His true passion was fishing and he lived by his number one fishing rule, "always stretch the truth!" He enjoyed westerns and war movies, tractors, playing euchre and spending time at local coffee shops with friends. Most important to Robert was his family, his children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He is survived by his wife Terri L. Clawson whom he married on January 27, 1973 in Hastings. Robert is also survived by sons: Robert (Erika) Bird Jr. and Michael (Susan) Bird; daughters: Nicole (Derrick) Luft and Angela (Joe) Minier; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother: Harold (Marylou) Jameson; sisters: Jeannette (Roscoe) Cochran and Sherry Fyan; brother in law: Clarence Hunter Sr.; sister in law: Marjorie Bird; several nieces, nephews, and many many friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Leon Bird and Donald (Marla) Bird; sisters: Eva Bird and Elaine Hunter; nephew: Daniel Bird; and niece: Pattie Cochran. A celebration of life will be conducted at the Freeport Community Center at a later date. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Robert’s family