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Richard Maywood Bird, 84, of Marquette, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Richard was born on May 22, 1934 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and was the last surviving child of John Wendell and Dorothy Maywood Bird.

Richard obtained the rank of Corporal in the USMC while serving in the Korean War and later obtained a master’s degree in English from Northern Michigan University. He explored a variety of careers in various areas of the nation during his lifetime, ranging from university instruction to oil exploration. In his later years, he returned to Marquette to be near his beloved family campsite of Laughing Water at Middle Island Point. During his retirement, he devoted much of his free time to community activities with his local V.F.W. post.

Richard is survived by his children, Christopher Bird of Grand Haven, MI; Kathy Buono of Trenton, FL; and Adam Bird of Bonita Springs, FL; as well as his wife, Carolyn Sue Bird.

No formal services will be held.

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