Harry Edward Bird

Harry Edward BirdHarry Edward Bird, of Ridgecrest, Calif., passed away on Jan. 26, 2018, at age 81.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Lewis Edward and Cindy Bird of Dalton, N.H.; grandchildren Christina, Donna and Matthew; great-grandchildren Timothy and Autumn; sister Harriet Darlene Carson of Ridgecrest and greatnephew Kyle Edward Carson of Chandler, Ariz.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Gladys and Harry F. Bird and nephew Jeffrey Edward Carson.

Harry was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Huntington, W.V., and came to China Lake with his parents and sister on Feb. 4, 1949. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1954. After attending Bakersfield Junior College for two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and served in the U.S. and Germany for three years.

Harry worked for the T.A.D. at the former Naval Ordnance Test Station for four years, the Ridgecrest Police Department for four years, and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Ridgecrest in December 1994 after more than 27 years as a carrier and clerk. He also worked for the former Crest Drive-In Theater for more than three years during the early 1970s while working for the postal service.

Harry loved motorcycling, having ridden for more than 45 years. He traveled and camped in Canada and rode to the East Coast several times. He loved to hunt, shoot and do country-western dancing. Photography was also one of several hobbies he had. He was in the Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts for five years, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and the Silver Award, the highest rank in the Explorer Scouts. He was awarded both of these ranks at the same time in an award ceremony in September 1953. He also played trumpet in his high school and college bands.

Harry’s memorial service will be on Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m., at the China Lake All Faith Chapel. Chaplain Robert Crabb will officiate.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Harry Bird

Story First Published: 2018-02-09