John G. Baird, 80, died at his home in De Smet, SD on Thurday, March 6, 2014.
John Grant Baird was born November 2, 1933 to Clyde and Mary (Hartman) Baird at De Smet, SD. He graduated from IroquoisHigh School in 1951. While at IHS, he was active in basketball, track, football, drama, yearbook and boy’s state. Following high school he attended DWU for one semester and earned a letter in football. He returned to the farm when his father’s health began to fail.
On March 29,1953 John married Marlys Currier at the Bancroft Presbyterian Church. They continued farming and raised their five daughters in the Iroquois community. After 52 years of marriage, Marlys preceded John in death on February 17, 2006. During their life together they loved to travel and visited many countries of the world.
On July 23, 2011, John married Billie Blue Ogren at De Smet, SD. They made their home together in De Smet and Florida.
John loved to enjoy all life had to offer. He played baseball and fast- pitch softball for years and was a life-long member of the IroquoisMethodistChurch, where he was the building chairman. He served for many years on the Iroquois School Board and Iroquois Community Club. He was on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Iroquois Housing Authority. He was active in the Farmer’s Union and Stock Growers.
Over the years John enjoyed his many jobs. He worked for 7 years at Armours . Besides the farm he loved, he also ran a seed business for 50 years. Later he could be found at the sale barns buying cattle for himself or others. John said he loved the seed and cattle business “ because of the many fine people he met over the years”. He had the honor of being chosen Outstanding Young Farmer in 1965 and top seed salesman in the US for Cargill Seeds for 2 years.
You could find John in many different places. He loved to visit, play cards, spend time with family at the lake, drive his daughters to baton contests, travel to see his grandchildren, golf and fish. He loved his second home in Florida since 2010.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Billie Baird; five daughters, Jeany (Doug) Salter, Huron; Kathy (Rod) Hofer, Brookings; Sandy (Lonnie) TeBeest. Spearfish; Cindy (Tim) Huber, Whitewood; and Debby (Jim) Coughlin, Iroquois: 13 grandchildren; Kacy (Phil), Tory(Matt), Jay, Amber (Tim), Angie (Chris), Sheena (Jim), Bryce (Jackie), Brett (Kendall), Jon (Ashley), Chris, Lexi (Ray), Brittany (Bryan), and Alex (Christa); 7 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Stacia (Bryan) Sneesby, Lake Preston, Shelly (Eric) Hanson, Emmetsburg, IA; 4 step- grandchildren: Megan (Ryan), Hillary, Brad, and Holden; two step-great grandsons; two sisters- in-law, Carla (Dallas) Freeman, Grimes, IA and Lauryce (Roger) Stilwell, Versailles, MO.
John is preceded in death by his parents, three infant siblings, his wife Marlys, and one sister, Mary Ann Maass.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 9, from 4-6 PM at the United Church of Christ in De Smet with a prayer service at 6 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10 at 10:30 AM at the UnitedMethodistChurch in Iroquois. Arrangements are being handled by the Osthus Funeral Home in De Smet.
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