Joe Lee Bird, age 72, died on October 16, 2022 in his home. He was born on July 3, 1950 at Syracuse, KS, the son of James "Jim"Walter Sabin & Beatrice "Bea" Juel (Barnes) Sabin and stepfather Wilburn "Leo" Bird.
Joe lived in several places - Illinois, California, Colorado, and Missouri before settling in Garden City. He graduated from Syracuse High School in 1969. In sports, Joe was active in basketball and track. He held several records in Kansas in track. Joe worked for Garden City as a lineman on electrical lines for a few years, worked as a driller and derrick hand in the oil field for numerous years and was a truck driver for many years. Joe also completed the courses for a pilot's license.
In his younger days, one of Joe's favorite pastimes was to follow the rodeo circuit, participating in bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and calf and steer roping. He loved to ride motorcycles, jet skis, and boating. Joe always had a dog; his current dog is named Jake.
He is survived by his two daughters - Teresa Jo (Randy) Littrell of Harrisonville, MO and Kalli Maxfield of Garden City; five brothers - John Jackson of Garden City, KS, Donald Ives of San Diego, CA, Pete Ives, Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, Ken Sabin of FL, and Don Sabin of Rock Springs, WY; and two sisters - Reba Heath of Garden City, KS and Nancy Whitehead of Dalton, GA; six grandchildren - Bryan Lee Littrell, Natalie Jo Littrell, Kiana (Hembree) Brown, Madison Maxfield, Mallory Hardy, and Harley Jo Hardy; six great-grandchildren - Vincent William Littrell, Camille "Millie" June Littrell, Zander Hembree, Adam, Rosaleah, and Ann Marie Brown; numerous nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews; and long-time companion Teri Brinson who cared for Joe in his last days.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sherriann "Sherri" Wilson.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Garnand Funeral Home with Rev. John Harms officiating with burial to follow in the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin, Ks. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Joe Bird Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home.
Garnand Funeral Home 412 N. 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 620-276-3219
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