Jerry Eugene Bird, 73, of Newton died on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Jerry’s name (checks made payable to Sarah Hiss) may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family.
Jerry, the son of Jesse and Marie Bird, was born on September 10, 1946 in Ottumwa. During Jerry's teen years, his family moved to Newton. Jerry served his country in the U.S. Army. On July 4, 1968, Jerry was united in marriage with Shirley D. Lambert in Newton. He worked for many years in the factory at Farmhand in Grinnell.
Jerry is survived by his children, Sarah M. (Kurtis) Hiss of Wichita, Kansas, Jerry E. “JJ” Bird, Jr. of Newton, and Jimmy E. Bird of Newton; grandchildren, Brecken Bogner and Tanner Bird; his twin brother, Gary Bird of Newton; sister, Cindy (Duane) Van Zante of Knoxville; sister-in-law, Jean Guy of Newton; brother-in-law, Ron (Evelyn) Lambert of Des Moines; and friend of the family, Kelly Harlow. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Shirley Bird in 2014.
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