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Robert Curtis Bird, age 76, of Tallmadge Township, MI, previously from Belding, MI, passed away at home with his family by his side on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard & Esther (Teddy) Bird and his daughter, Heather Bird.

He will always be treasured by his wife, Yvonne Kishman Bird; sons, Stephen Bird and Ryan Bird; sister, Joann (Chuck) Leipham; brothers, Richard (Duchess) Bird, John (Robby) Bird, and Kevin (Carol) Bird; brothers-in-law, Larry Kishman, Tom (Sue) Kishman, and Jim (Lisa) Kishman; sister-in-law, Patty (Greg Smith) Kishman; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a humble man with a kind, gentle soul.  He also possessed a keen intellect, a quick wit and a wicked sense of humor.  After growing older in Belding, MI, Bob attended MSU and Northwood Institute where computer technology became his vocation.  He was also a member of the Michigan National Guard for many years.  Bob had a passion for life, family, music and sports of all seasons.  Golf, skiing and kayaking were among his favorites.  For Bob, every day was a good day to spread smiles to all of those he came in contact with.  He faced every challenge in life with intelligence and grace.  Bob, your life mattered to each and every one of us!

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 16, 2020, at North Beach Park’s picnic shelter on Lake Michigan, 18775 N. Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, MI from 6:00 P.M. until sunset.  A private family graveside service will take place at Greene Cemetery in Belding, MI.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Dan and Becky Baines on July 15, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Yvonne and Family,

    May your thoughts and memories of Bob comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    So sorry for your loss!!

  2. Dean Webster on July 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Yvonne & Family,

    I graduated from Belding HS the same year as Bob and was privileged to be on the basketball and tennis teams with him. Not only was he a gifted athlete, but he was a great competitor and fantastic team player. He never complained and was always ready to pat you on the back. I never heard a negative word about Bob, as he was liked and admired by everyone who knew him, including me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Dean Webster (BHS ‘1961’)

  3. Lee rigney on July 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing,worked with him at enterprise. I would always talk to him about kayaking even though I didnt own one! Bob and I shared alot of laughs,he was a real comedian around the guys. I remember him most for his quick wit,iam sure your family has many memories.

  4. michael brann on July 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will miss seeing him and talking to. Such a kind person always.

    Prayers for Yvonne and the family. God bless Bob.

    Mike Brann

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