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John Bird

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

John Alvin Bird, 82, of Cherokee Village died Feb. 10, 2003, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Born Jan. 22, 1921, in New Carlisle, Ind., he was the son of to John Barnard and Martha Kletka Bird.

He was a veteran of the Indiana Army Air Corps National Guard and worked as a clay modeler for Studebaker and then General Motors. He retired from GM in 1989 as the director of the exterior design department for Buick (the first generation Buick Riviera was among the designs).

He was a Third Degree Master Mason. He married Lucille Pippin June 28, 1997, in Cherokee Village.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille; a son, John William (Karen) Bird of Walled Lake, Mich.; daughters -- Patricia (Jim) Armstrong of Leakey, Texas, Dr. Pamela (Matthew) Bird-Farmer of Salem, Ore., Dr. Jacqueline (William) Bird-Hamilton of Marquette, Mich.; and Lisa Bird Land of San Antonio, Texas; stepsons -- Donald Eugene (Karon) Joy of Lynchburg, Mo., Carl Thomas (Donna) Joy of Villa Park, Ill., and Dale Edward (Diane) Joy of Kila, Mont.; stepdaughters -- Linda Beryl (Allen) Davenport of Brolinbrook, Ill., and Judith Kay Joy of Westmont, Ill.; 29 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred (Elizabeth) Bird of Kissimmee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lawana Bird.

A memorial service was held Feb. 15 at First United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village. Interment was in the columbarium of the First United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village.

Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Mountain Home.