In Memory of

Daniel Bird

December 4, 1939 - June 14, 2020
From: Somers, IA

Somers – Daniel Bird 80, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge, following a month-long battle with cancer.  Private Family Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Cedar Cemetery, near Rinard, with Rev. Dr. James H. Chesnutt officiating.  A Celebration of Life will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Somers Community Center in Somers.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.

     Dan is survived by his wife Janet; his five children, Dan (Maureen) Bird of Kearney, NE, Mike (Mailyn) Bird of Wichita, KS, Todd (Jeri) Bird of Coalville, Brian (Tawnya) Bird of Woodward, and Jackie Leith of Somers; his dog Casey Jo; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan McGuire of Somers, Colleen (Dan) Goodwin of Somers, and Sandy (Bob) Hicks of Gowrie; sister-in-law Joyce Erritt of Manson; and brother and sister-in-law, John and Carole Erritt of Somers.  Dan will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other relatives; and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Shirley (Michael) Bird; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Virginia Erritt; son-in-law Kevin Leith; and brothers-in-law, Jim McGuire and Gordon “Gus” Erritt.

     Daniel Bird was born December 4, 1939 to Bernard and Loretta (Sharp) Bird at Fort Dodge, Iowa.  On January 5, 1972, he was united in marriage to Janet Erritt at Elk Point, South Dakota.  Dan and Janet were married for 48 years and made their home in the Somers Community.  Dan grew up in Fort Dodge and was the co-owner of Richardson & Bird Concrete Construction until his retirement in 1999.  Dan enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and telling the many stories that made people laugh.  Dan enjoyed having local friends stop and drink coffee in the morning. 

Private Family Graveside Services
10:00 a.m. - Wednesday
June 17, 2020
Cedar Cemetery
Rinard, Iowa
Rev. Dr. James H. Chesnutt
Celebration of Life
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday
June 17, 2020
Somers Community Center
Somers, Iowa


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:34 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.”
- Nancy Swett

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 12:18 PM
“ Thinking of you in this sad time. May the love of family and friends sustain your spirit and wrap you in light. ”
- Nancy Bevin

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:20 AM
“So sorry to learn this news. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, Janet and your family. Keep the memories flowing during this period of sadness. Share your thoughts and prayers for all. Take care and God bless you all . Love Deb and Steve”
- deb lyon

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:08 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers to you Janet and your family of you loss of Dan
Dean and Jean Birkland
- .Jean Birkland

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 3:24 PM
“So very sorry for your loss. Prayer to all.”
- Lori (Kelley) Rial

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 8:24 AM
“Thinking of you in prayer during this sad time. Sincerest condolences to the Bird family.”
- Cec and John Winkelbauer

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 7:28 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss, Janet!!! Our deepest condolences to you and the family!!”
- Mickey and Don Feilmeier

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:14 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss! Will be thinking of you. Hope to see you again when all this COVID thing is over.
- Konk

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 1:45 PM
“Oh Janet I am so sorry for your loss. I was checking obituaries and was shocked to see Dans name. Praying for you and the family. Jan Frotscher ”
- Janet Frotscher

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 1:26 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Dans family.”
- DiannaReuter

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