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Information for Raymond Paul Bird
3 February, 1897 - 11 October, 1993
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
12 October, 1993
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Raymond Bird

     Raymond Paul Bird, 96, of Nampa, a retired Union Pacific Railroad engineer, died Monday, October 11, 1993, at a Boise care center.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 1993, at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Rev. Robert G.S. Mock of Nampa will officiate, with Masonic graveside rites by the Nampa Ashlar Lodge #29 A.F. & A.M.  Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
     Mr. Bird was born Feb. 3, 1897, at Lafayette, Ore., the only child of Robert Alderman Bird and Cyrene Carey Bird.  He was reared and educated in Portland, Ore., and also attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.  He was a direct descendant of the settlers who came to Oregon on the 1843 wagon train headed by Jesse Applegate.
     He married Agnes Margaret Zygowski of Portland, Nov. 23, 1916, in Mountain Home, Idaho.  They made their home in Glenns Ferry, until moving to Payette, Ontario, and later to Nampa.
     Mr. Bird began his railroad career with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1916 at Glenns Ferry, Id., as a road fireman on hand-fired steam locomotives.  He started serving as an engineer in 1936, retiring from the Boise Local run in 1967, completing 51 years service with the Union Pacific.
     Mr. Bird was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Union Pacific Old Timers Club of Nampa.  He was a life member of Ashlar Masonic Lodge #29 A.F. & A.M., a member of Cyrus Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and was active in the Masonic Lodge of Research.  He also served as DeMolay Dad.  He was a life member of Nampa Elks Lodge #1389, and Boise Rod and Gun Club.
     An avid baseball enthusiast, he managed the Ontario, Ore., baseball team, an affiliate of the Southern Idaho League, in the 1920s and 1930s.  He was a first baseman, and was also involved in the Pioneer Baseball League.
     Survivors include his daughter, Margaret Taylor of Nampa; two grandsons, Paul Taylor of McCall, and David Taylor and his wife, Dolores of Carnation, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Karen of Carnation, Wash., and Michele of San Diego, Calif.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, son-in-law, Bill Taylor and a great-grandson, Jason Taylor.
     The family suggests that memorials may be made to Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, Fairfax Avenue at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103; Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 204 Fort P., Boise, Idaho 83712; or Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund 911 4th St., Nampa, Id 83651; or a favorite charity.