Lawrence L. Bird, 88 of New Windsor passed away Monday, August 23, 2021 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg. Private graveside services are in the New Windsor/Petrie Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home, Alpha where memorials may be left to Tri-County Ambulance or the New Windsor Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
Lenny was born March 30, 1933 in Griffin, IL to Lawrence Leonard and Mildred Blaine Bird. He attended New Windsor schools and married Shirley L. Ray June 13, 1952. She died May 22, 2011.
He retired from John Deere after 30 years and was a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping.
He is survived by his children, Sandy Huber of Galesburg, IL, Gayla (Chris) Ralston of New Windsor, IL, Sherry (Keith) Myers of Galesburg, IL, Kenny Bird of New Windsor, IL and Bill (Shelley) Bird of Orion, IL, thirteen grandchildren, Eric Young of Fyre Lake, IL, Jeremy Bird of Bedford, NH, Rodney Bird of Denver, CO, Callie Vaughn of Ophiem, IL, Larry Cloos of Londonderry, NH, Melissa Lawson of New Windsor, IL, Liberty Wright of Galesburg, IL, Jon Kness of Waukegan, IL, Joshua Bird of Rock Island, IL, Cindy Nichols of Gilman, IL, Eric Ruiz of Oconomowoc, WI, Austin and Trevor Carlile of Orion, IL; several great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren with one lovingly expected.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son, Rodney, daughter, Lisa and a sister, Shirley.