Donald "Don" Lynn Bird passed away suddenly 25 August at the age of 62.
After serving 23 years, to the exact date, as pastor at Antioch Church of the Nazarene in Overland Park, Kansas, Don preached his last sermon, served his last communion, sang his last hymn, sat down, and saw his Lord.
Don was born in Liberal, Kansas, 18 September 1956 to Carolyn and Donald Neil Bird. He graduated from Sublette High School in 1974, MidAmerica Nazarene College (now University) in 1978 with a degree in religion/history, and the Johns Hopkins University doctoral program in 19th Century Political and Social History. Don served a total of 32 years in ministry and touched hundreds of lives in Kansas, Maryland, and Ohio.
He married Sheila Vandervoort 13 August 1977. Together they have four children: Justin, Jessica, Jeremy, and Julie, his four "JBirds."
Donald Lynn was preceded in death by his father, Donald Neil. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, four children, three grandchildren, his mother, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. He died doing what he loved— surrounded by people who loved him.
Visitation will take place 30 August from 5 to 8 p.m. in the chapel at St Mark's United Methodist Church where Don's congregation met. Funeral service will be held 31 August at 10:30 a.m. with an open casket from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kansas.