Mildred E. Bird
Mildred E. Bird

DECATUR, Indiana — Mildred E. Bird, 87, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at her residence.

She was born on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1926, in South Norwalk, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Henry J. Deysenroth and the late Hazel M. (Arnold) Deysenroth.

She married John W. “Bill” Bird Sr. on Dec. 15, 1945. He passed away on Jan. 21, 1993.


Mildred was a member of the Decatur Church of God and the American Legion Post 43 Auxiliary. She was a daughter, wife and mother.

Surviving are her sons, John W. (Donna) Bird Jr. of Highland Beach, Florida, Stewart A. (Jo Ann) Bird of Columbia City, and Steven P. Bird of Decatur; daughters, Patricia A. Clem, Carol J. (Curtis) Phillips, and Lori M. Bird, all of Decatur, and Penny Jo Bird of Fort Wayne; brother, Henry J. (Barbara) Deysenroth of Redding, Connecticut; sister, Judith C. Hammond of South Norwalk, Connecticut, 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Mildred in death were a sister, Charlotte L. Cusack, and a brother, Richard Paul Deysenroth.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, in the Decatur Church of God with Dr. Robert Brink officiating. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Convoy, Ohio.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7 in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Preferred memorials are to Family LifeCare or Adams County Community Foundation - Bird & Walther Scholarship Fund.