Jerald D. Bird, 64, of Mount Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Arbor Court in Mount Pleasant. The funeral service for Mr. Bird will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Chapel of Forest Home Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, with the Rev. Earl Swigart, Pastor, Lockridge Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery chapel. Friends may also sign the register from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Kimzey Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Hope Haven. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com. Jerald Douglas Bird was born Feb. 17, 1955, in Mount Pleasant. He was the son of Melvin Lyle and Betty Jean (Nelson) Bird. He attended school in Mount Pleasant. Jerald was a longtime employee of Hope Haven. He also worked for a time at Tenco in Ottumwa when he resided there. Jerald was a member of First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant. He often enjoyed a refreshing Pepsi while watching game shows, especially Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune. He read the Bible often and had a genuine fondness for board games, puppies and kittens. Those thankful for sharing in Jerald's life include his father, Melvin of Mount Pleasant; a brother, Michael Bird of Des Moines; and a host of friends. His mother, stepmother, Ruth Robinson Bird, and grandparents precede Jerald in death.
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