Fred W. Baird
February 04, 1927 ‒ November 05, 2017
Formerly of Thermopolis, Wyoming
Fred W. Baird, age 90 and formerly of Edison, OH; Thermopolis, WY; and McEwen, TN, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, November 5, 2017, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center under the care of Hospice of Central Ohio in Newark, OH.
Fred was born the second of 5 children on February 4, 1927 in Edison, OH to Charles “Eston” and Ollie (Lepp) Baird.
Fred graduated from Edison High School in the class of 1945, joined the army, and served in Germany during the occupation of Germany after World War II.
After his honorable discharge, Fred returned home to Edison, OH, where he married Doris Jean Loffer, on March 14, 1947. They purchased a farm north of Edison where, through time, they raised grain, hogs, cows, and sheep. They farmed for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1987. They also were members of the Boundary United Methodist Church.
In addition to farming, Fred worked as a guard at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Marion during the 1960’s and early 70’s. He was proud to have put Doris through college and to have helped fund schooling for his four daughters and 7 grandchildren.
After retiring in 1987, Fred and Doris moved to Thermopolis, WY, enjoying the mountains every day instead of just visiting in the summer.
Fred loved the outdoors. He traveled through the United States, visiting every state except Hawaii, and visited Canada and Mexico as well. He enjoyed camping in state and national parks where the price was just right. Once the girls grew up, he upgraded to a heated and air-conditioned camper, even though for years he made fun of those saying, “that’s not camping.” He also enjoyed tending his flower garden and yard in Thermopolis, WY.
Fred loved reading biographies and stories about World War II. He loved card games, playing with a euchre club in Ohio and playing pinochle in Wyoming. He really loved his chocolate!
Fred loved his family and cherished time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, traveling often to see them. He liked talking, telling stories, and teasing.
Left to cherish his memory are his four daughters: Ruth Alcorta of Stagecoach, NV; Mary Baird of Inchelium, WA; Lois (Jerry) Jordan of McEwen, TN; and Ann (Rick) Campbell of Newark, OH; an honorary son: Cody (Janet) Bedwell of Edison, OH; 7 grandchildren: Jay (Debbie) Jordan, Joel (Karla) Jordan, Cory (Farah) Campbell, Rachel (Mark) Alcorta Barrett, Kurtis (Sarah) Campbell, Jarrod (Wendy) Jordan, and Mathew (Danica) Alcorta; 16 great-grandchildren; 8 step great-grandchildren; two siblings: Kenneth Baird of Muskogee, OK, and Rebecca Baird of El Cerrito, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Doris Jean Baird on Oct. 22, 2015; two siblings: Louise (Allen) Snyder and Donald Baird; sister-in-law, Joan (Ken) Baird; and son-in-law, John Alcorta.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 30, at the Boundary United Methodist Church, 3216 Twp Rd 75, Edison, OH 43320. His family will greet friends from 3 – 4 p.m. at the church, where a service honoring his life will follow at 4 p.m., with Pastor/Chaplain Cory Campbell (grandson) officiating. Burial with military honors will be observed privately by his family at Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boundary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 114, Edison, OH 43320.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Fred’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.