BAIRD, William Ray: Died 1982
BAIRD, BENGE, PLANK, BECKMAN, TRUAX
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Date: 8/20/2021 at 07:02:49
4 Aug 1982
William R. Baird dies at 82
OTTUMWA - William Ray Baird, 82, died Tuesday at 3:37 a.m. in the Ottumwa Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bible Baptist Church in Ottumwa with the Rev. William Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Eldon Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Campbell Funeral Home in Eldon. A memorial has been established to Baird's church.
Baird ws born May 22, 1900 at Floris, the son of Charles and Anna Benge Baird. He had lived in the Floris, Eldon and Batavia communities where he had farmed. He retired from the Rock Island Railroad as an engineer in 1965 and moved to Ottumwa in 1966. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
He married Gerada Plank in March of 1920 and she died in May of 1968. On Nov. 7, 1968 he married Etta Beckman. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Truax of Waterloo; three sons, Charles of Casa Grande, Ariz., John of Fairfield, Phillip of Lewisville, Texas; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank of Edina, Minn., and three step great-grandchildren.
(Transcribed for genealogical purposes only. I am of no relation.)
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