Daniel J. Bires, 76, of 9 N. Hillside Ave., Ludlow, died on Friday morning, July 26, 2013 in the emergency room at Kane Community Hospital.
Born April 15, 1937, in Ludlow, he was a son of the late John and Mary Steffan Bires. On June 28, 1956, he married Arlene "Cubby" Irwin who preceded him in death in 2010.
Dan was a self-employed plumber. He was the Ludlow Fire Chief for many years and also served as past president of the Ludlow Fire Department. He was a member and past president of the Ludlow Water Association, a past manager of Wildcat Park, and a former Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the Ludlow Sportsman's Club and helped operate the Ludlow Sewage Treatment Plant.
Surviving are two daughters, Chris (Leland) Swanson and Colleen (Brian) Bastow, both of Ludlow; a son, Jay Bires of San Antonio, Texas; five grandsons, Dan (Tina) Swanson, Ben (Trisha) Swanson, Adam (Katy) Dase, Zach Dase and Blain Bastow; one granddaughter, Brandy Tillery; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, besides his parents and his wife, Arlene "Cubby" Bires, were two brothers, John Bires and George Bires; and a sister, Martha Rambish.
A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ludlow VFD.
The Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com .