Shane Leroy (Leroy Hawk) Bird, 41, of Barnhart died July 25, 2020, in Jefferson County. Mr. Bird graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., in 2001, where he played football for four years and earned a bachelor’s degree in science. He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation in Chesterfield for more than 13, starting as a motorist assistance operator and eventually becoming a safety intermediate specialist. Born Nov. 16, 1978, in Aurora, Ill., he was the son of Irene and Jerry Bird of Port Charlotte, Fla.
He also is survived by two sisters: Christine Bird of Festus and Carol Parsons of Sycamore, Ill.; his girlfriend: Julie Lamb of Pinckneyville, Ill.; a niece: Kathryn Parsons; two nephews: Joseph Parsons and Matthew Parsons; and many other family members and friends.
A memorial gathering will be from 3 p.m. until the funeral services at 5 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) at Vinyard Funeral Home, 616 W. Main St., in Festus, officiated by the Rev. Terry Crank. Memorials may be made to Opportunity House Inc. through its website or at 357 N. California St., Sycamore, IL 60178. Arrangements are under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home.