Dwight “Red” Crandall Birdsong, 83, Vega, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.
He was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Hoisington to Hiram and Martha (Giesick) Birdsong. He attended college at Kilgore Community College, receiving an associate’s degree in drilling technology.
He married Ramona Bisbee. He worked in the oilfield for the next three decades, his career taking him from the Bering Straits of Alaska to the Philippines. In 1975, he patented a solids removal tool that was helpful to the industry. He finished his oilfield career as a drilling consultant in the Midwest, moving to Roswell, N.M., to become a safety inspector. While in Roswell, he was active in the Big Brother Big Sister program, mentoring Dillon Hopper to a career in the Marine Corps. He was a 32nd Degree Mason for more than 60 years. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in Korea and receiving a battlefield promotion.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his bird dogs.
Survivors include a son, Kent Birdsong, Vega; a daughter, Karen Madorin, Logan; a sister, Mary Lou Kenyon, Suwannee, Ga.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Robert Birdsong and Hiram M. (Seedy) Birdsong.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, Amarillo; graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Vega.
Memorials are suggested to a Shriner’s hospital of the donor’s choice; Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, 10200 W. 75th, Ste. 281, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204; or to Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association, 3515 S. Tamarac Drive, Ste. 320, Denver, CO 80237.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.boxwellbrothers.com.