BIRD K. STEVEN, 66, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Born on April 1, 1946 in London, England, he was the son of the late Lionel and Ellen Bird. Steve was a graduate of Northern Michigan University, and received a Masters degree in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an MBA in Accounting from Gannon University. One of Steve's proudest accomplishments was his service to his country, first as a sailor in the United States Navy, and then later as an officer in the United States Army. In his post-service civilian life, Steve served as Director of Development at the Detroit Institute of Technology and the Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was then appointed Vice-President of Development at Villa Maria College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Steve is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Stefan) Bird-Pollan of Lexington, KY; a son, Michael (Kristine Klute) Bird of Royal Oak, MI; two granddaughters, Anna and Lena Bird-Pollan of Lexington, KY; four brothers Ian (Marcela) Bird of Denver, Colorado, Thomas (Melanie) Bird of Charleston, West Virginia, Peter Bird of Ann Arbor, MI, and James (Linda) Bird of Plano, Texas; and a sister Julie (Rob) Kowalk of Flint, MI. He was also deeply loved by the mother of his children, Linda (Kirk) Handren of Detroit, MI, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Steve is remembered by those whose lives he touched, including his many caregivers, as a kind, patient, strong man with a gift for making others smile. A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve's name can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Thinking of you in the loss of your loved one. He touched a lot of lives, and was a special man, brother and father. We are praying for peace and comfort for the family as you deal with your loss. Karen & Steve Piro (Sister to Linda Bird)
We were saddened to hear of Steve's passing. Sending our love and prayers you way, dear family. Tom and Leeann Fountain, Traverse City
Steve lived a very difficult life with grace and without complaint. I hope that he finds the freedom to fly in heaven.