Glen 'Wayne' Bird
Lifelong Alaskan and Funny River resident Glen “Wayne” Bird died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at home from injuries sustained while working on a vehicle. He was 27.
Viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, Mile 6 Kenai Spur Highway. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Soldotna Church of God on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt. Burial will follow the service at the Kenai City Cemetery. Lonnie White will officiate. A reception will follow the burial at the Funny River Community Center. Pallbearers will be Justin Bird, Danny England, Jeff Bettis, Sissy Bird, Budda Bird and Chad Bradford.
Mr. Bird was born March 9, 1979, in Soldotna. He attended Soldotna and Skyview high schools. He later completed his GED through Kenai Peninsula College. He worked at Tony’s Diesel Repair. He also had a lifelong job fixing things for his grandfather’s construction company and other family members with broken vehicles.
“Wayne had a very large extended family and lot of friends. He had a very big heart and was willing to fix anything for anybody and was always willing to help anyone. He was very loved by all his family. He will be dearly missed. He enjoyed working on broken-down vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles, wanting everything to go faster and be louder. He loved to play pool with his nephew Trayton and really enjoyed working at Tony’s Diesel Repair. He also loved his race car and won a race the second time he raced at Twin City Raceway in July 2006 and was so excited,” his family said.
Mr. Bird was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Glen and Bertha Moore and Henry and Elma Howe.
He is survived by his children, Kaitlyn and James of Soldotna and Austin of Rock Springs, Wyo.; parents, Glen and Char Bird of Funny River and Debra and Jerry Luhr of Marysville, Wash.; grandparents, Dora and Bill Gehl of Tri-Cities, Wash., Norman Howe of Washington and Patsy and Elmer Bird of Funny River; siblings, Justin, Sissy and Budda Bird, all of Funny River, Tanner and Tonya Luhr of Marysville and Danny Gentry of Funny River; and many other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be sent to the family in care of Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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