Donald E. “Birdie” Birdwell, 70, Ferdinand

Donald E. “Birdie” Birdwell, 70, of Ferdinand, died Friday (October 18).

Birdie served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired dealer of antiques and collectibles and a silversmith.

He is survived by one daughter, Anita Klein; one son, Brian Birdwell; his companion of 32 years, Julie Melchior; one sister, Mary Birdwell; one step son, Richard Leinenbach; one step daughter, Anne McDaniel; and one niece & nephew.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be made online at

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