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|Obituaries for January 2, 2014|
Bill Baird, age 82, of
Bill moved to
Orofino with his mother in 1945 and graduated from
Bill came back to
Orofino and married Bernice Walden on
Bill earned his associate’s degree in electronics, going on to work for Hughes Aircraft, then McDonald Douglas, before retiring in1988.
Bill moved back to Orofino after retiring, happy to be “home.”
Bill will be remembered for his loving, giving heart, always thinking of others before himself.
Bill was a self-sacrificing man who loved many people and hated no one. His five children were first and foremost in his life, speaking to us often of his fondest memories—his high school boxing days, the friends he knew, and especially, the great times and friends and hunting experiences at Camp 14.
Bill is survived by his children, Irma Desmet (Eugene),
Huntington Beach, CA; Cheryl Havel (Clayton), Colorado Springs, CO;
Gary Baird of Orofino; and Linda Hall (Butch) of Ahsahka. Bill is
also survived by his brothers, David D. Baird of
Bill’s surviving great grandchildren include Brooks Webber, Alice Wertz, Alexander Desmet, Nathan Burchett, Danny Burchett, Cheylianah Watters, and Jeremiah Betz.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Eldred Baird, Alice Story, and Francis Story; sister, Barbara Bell; son, William J. Baird; nephews, Richard Baird and Robbie Baird; former wife, Bernice Shipwash; and sisters-in-law, Sally Baird and Doris Baird.
He will be forever missed.
A quote (author unknown) spoken by Bill’s daughter Irma sums up our feelings for our Daddy: “Sometimes the poorest of men leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
father of Betsy Lang, went to be with the Lord
Walt grew up and
went to school in
construction through most of his life. At 18 he joined the United
States Army in April 1957.
He served his time in
Walt is survived by his wife Adeline of almost 53 years; his brother, Robert Holmgren, of Alpine, CA; his son, Ken Holmgren and his wife MaryAnn of Aguanga, CA; and daughter Betsy Lang and her husband Bruce Lang of Lenore.