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William B. Bird

William B. Bird, 66, died March 24, 2013, in Ketchikan.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1947, in Eugene, Ore.

Mr. Bird, also known as "Birdman" and "Billy Bob," lived in Oregon until 1960, when he moved to Ketchikan, where he attended Ketchikan High School.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a logger, longshoreman, food prepper and dishwasher.

Mr. Bird was affiliated with "all denominations" of churches, according to his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leilla Bird; father, Commodore Bird and mother, Frances Bluhm.

He is survived by his sisters, Charan Bird and Kathleen Rodger, both of Ketchikan and Pamela Johnston of Juneau; brothers, Donald Wood of Portland, Ore., Douglas Saxe of Denver and Rick Youngren of Ore; daughters, Yvonne Blankenship and Michelle Morrison, both of Ketchikan; sons, Allen Bird and William Bird, both of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Zachary Stanley, Ciera Stanley, Gregory Bird, Alanna Brekke, Jacob Morrison, Alexis Morrison, Susan Shorey, Sheila Bird, Connor Bird and Alexander Blair.

Mr. Bird’s remains will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the First Assembly of God. The Rev. John Braten and Willard Jackson will officiate.