Dennis Eugene Bird

Dennis Eugene Bird, 73, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013.

A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Rumsey Yost Funeral home. Family will be present at the prayer service at 6:00 pm and the celebration to follow.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.

Dennis was born September 3, 1940, in Elk Point, SD, the son of Thomas Ray and Norma Johnson Bird. After graduating from Elk Point High School in 1958, he served in the U.S. Army.

He married the love of his life, Rosemary Ann Patnaude, in Elk Point, SD on April 20, 1963. She survives of the home. They were happily married for 50 years.

Dennis began his career in the agricultural business at an early age. His passion for it continued throughout his life.

His true love and dedication was his family. He was a special man and was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by everyone that has crossed his path.

Other survivors include five sons, Troy and (Angie) Bird, Todd and (Catherine) Bird, Brad and (Heather) Bird, Kevin and (Jackie) Bird, Darren and (Allison) Bird; two daughters Melissa Bird; Melanie Bird and (Steve Walker), all of Lawrence; two brothers Ronald and (Maxine) Bird, Elk Point, SD, Tom and (Carleen) Bird, Sioux City, IA; one sister, Dixie Mason, Elk Point, SD; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Mike Bird.