Calvin (Cal) John Bird, 70

Calvin (Cal) John Bird, age 70, of Plainwell, passed away peacefully at his home and into the arms of his Savior on May 11, 2020.

Calvin was born at Pennock Hospital in Hastings, to Melvin Rex Bird and Fannie Bell (Abbott) Bird on June 30, 1949.

Calvin was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Green on Dec. 16, 1968. Upon their marriage, Calvin lovingly took on the role of dad and provider to Shirley’s young daughter Tammy. Calvin and Shirley’s love and family continued to grow and on March 9, 1971, they welcomed their daughter Darcy into the world. Determined to receive his diploma, Calvin graduated alongside Tammy from Plainwell High School in 1986.

Calvin was a notable hard worker. He held various jobs throughout his adult life, including several years spent at Murco in Plainwell, before ultimately pursuing a truck driving career until his retirement.

Calvin enjoyed cars, trucks and anything with an engine in it. He loved to make his friends and family smile, as he always had a joke to share with them. Calvin’s unwavering faith in Christ Jesus was known to everyone he met. He wouldn’t let you leave without praying for you and saying, “God Bless You!” His joyful heart will be deeply missed.

Calvin is survived by his girlfriend, Donna Mead of Allegan; sisters, Eleanor Collins and Helena Molby of Kalamazoo; brother, Norman Bird of W.Va.; daughters, Tammy (Jon) Steinhauser of Otsego and Darcy (Pat) Netser of Frankfort, Ind.; grandchildren, Calvin (Nicole) Householder of Norfolk, Va., Chelsea Green (Ryan) of Allegan, Theron Lentz (Ariel) of Kalamazoo, Marlin Steinhauser of Kalamazoo, and Amanda Musson of Fraser; great-grandchildren, Eli, Evan and Delaney; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calvin was preceded in death by his wife Shirley; parents Melvin and Fannie; and brothers Art, Harold, Raymond and David.

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Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 22, at Friendship Wesleyan Church in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Calvin may be made to Friendship Wesleyan Church, 1285 102nd Ave., Plainwell, MI 49080.


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