Rodger Bird, age 70, died on December 20, 2012 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Rodger was born in Flushing, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in Engineering Physics. He had a long career as an engineer at Boeing, beginning in Flight Test Instrumentation for the 747 and retiring from Aerospace electronic systems packaging.
Rodger was cherished by his wife, Marilyn, his children Jennifer Cadman (Charles) of Issaquah, Erik Bird (Rana) of Odenton, Maryland and Justin Bird (Anna) of Bellevue, and his mother, Audrey Bird of Flushing, Michigan. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Noel and Quinn. His mother and his sisters, Janice Henry of Milford, Michigan and Jaclyn Allen of Friendswood, Texas survive him. He is missed by his dogs, Misha and Winnie.
Rodger enjoyed biking, skiing and kayaking. He completed several Seattle to Portland biking trips accompanied by his children in his fifties. Many family outings were spent skiing at Crystal Mountain. After his retirement from Boeing, he explored Norway, Sweden and Italy by bike. In his later years, he took up kayaking and made several trips up the west coast of Vancouver Island. His goal of kayaking the Inland Passage to Alaska was never achieved due to the ravages of his disease. A gathering remembering Rodger will be held in the summer.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 10, 2013