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Lawrence Blakeslee Bird

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Lawrence Blakeslee Bird
Lawrence Blakeslee Bird, 88, of Lincoln City, Ore., died Jan. 6, 2013.

He was born Aug. 1, 1924 to Lawrence Childs and Lucy (Blakeslee) Bird in Los Angeles, Calif.

Lawrence was raised in Glendale, Calif., graduated from Glendale High School in 1943 and attended Glendale College and Art School in Los Angeles.

He was in the Army Air Corps 8th Air Force and was a B-17 gunner/bombardier during World War II. Lawrence was an accomplished artist, city planner for the City of Los Angeles, and an architectural designer in the entertainment industry.

He enjoyed painting, history, and genealogy research. He lived in Burbank, Calif. from 1952 until he moved to Lincoln City in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lucy Bird; and his wife, Beverly Jean (Galloway) Bird.

He is survived by his daughter, Eileen (Wallace) Nixon of Lincoln City; and sons, Thomas (Michelle) Bird of Yakima, Wash. and James (Lisa) Bird of Ellensburg, Wash; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Calif.

Bateman Pacific View Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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