David L. Bird

Sept. 13, 1947-March 8, 2013

David L. Bird, 65, Bowbells, died Friday, March 8, 2013, in his home.

David Lowell Bird was born Sept. 13, 1947, in Kenmare, to Arthur and Gudrun Bird. He was the youngest of 10 children and born a few minutes after his twin sister Diane. He was raised and educated in Flaxton and graduated from high school there in 1965. After high school he served in the Army for two years and then college in both Bottineau and Wahpeton. He worked for KR Flem and lived in Sherwood for a short time. In 1971 David started a family marrying Anita Achtenberg. During their 14-year marriage they made their first home in Lignite and a short time later moved to the family farm northwest of Flaxton where they had two children. Their son Joel was born June 27, 1972. Their daughter Julie was born Jan. 24, 1974. David farmed and raised primarily wheat and cattle. He retired from farming in 2000. He held various other jobs including working for Springy’s Construction, Portal Service and driving the school bus in Flaxton. In 1979 he started working at the potash plant in Northgate and was there until it closed in 1995. He then worked for General Mills. More recently he had worked for Dale Ganskop and was the Veterans Affairs officer for Burke County. He was a good mechanic and enjoyed fixing things.

He was a member of the Flaxton Legion, Portal Masons, United Lutheran Church, Flaxton, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells. He served on the Burke Central School Board and Soo Township Board for a number of years. Currently he served on the State Weed Board, was a member of the State Landowners Association and president of the Bird Mineral Corporation.

In 1986 David met the woman who he would spend the rest of his life with, Colleen Durward. Throughout their many years together they enjoyed traveling and taking in all of their grandchildren’s numerous activities. David loved being a Grandpa. They made many trips to Minot where she enjoyed shopping and he enjoyed sitting at the clock in Dakota Square, visiting with anyone within earshot. David truly loved to visit with people and tell stories. Many were embellished. They enjoyed attending the State Fair and the Norsk Hostfest where they volunteered as greeters for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid reader and loved to watch movies. He was especially fond of westerns, war and action movies. He enjoyed playing bridge, cribbage, race horse and pinochle. He loved to watch the History Channel, keep up on local and national news and follow the stock market. He enjoyed being from North Dakota and moments after meeting you and asking where you were from he would ask if you knew “so and so” from there.

He is survived by: his special friend of 27 years, Colleen Durward, of Bowbells; his son, Joel (Jennifer) Bird, and children Skylar, Gabriella, Lylianah and Oliver of Bismarck; his daughter, Julie Kreklau, and children Alexis and Trevor of Flaxton; Colleen’s daughters, Jodi Smith, of Spokane, Wash., and her children, Robby and Jennifer, Janelle (Loren) Peterson and children Brittney and Taylor of Bowbells, Jamie (E.J.) Carrier and children Ellie and Mason of Park Ridge, Ill., Jacqueline (Todd) Miller and children Jocelyn, Tate and Chase of Hickson, Joy (Chad) Staton and children Jordan and Riley of Hickson; his brothers, Howard (Shirley) Bird of Sartell, Minn., Stan (Rita) Bird of Oakland, Ore., Keith (Sharon) Bird of Minot; sisters, Leora (Darven) Anderson of Park Rapids, Minn., Carol (Brent) Wittman of Bowbells and Diane (Pat) Carpentier of Washburn; as well as numerous other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Ronald and Lloyd; sister, Marion; and brother-in-law, Bob Kohler; nephews, Lee Bird, Bobby Kohler and Kevin Carpentier; niece, Denise Anderson; and grandchildren, Jacob Miller and Addison Kreklau. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Funeral service: Wednesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells.

Burial: Flaxton Community Cemetery, Flaxton, in the spring.

Prayer service: Today, Tuesday, at 6 p.m., at the church.

Visitation: Today, Tuesday, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the church.

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