Frankfort: James Baird, 56, of Frankfort died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield after a four-year battle with cancer.
Jim was cremated, and his memorial service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Redfield. Rev. Brian Wasmoen will officiate.
Jim's wishes were to have his ashes spread at the farm near Frankfort.
In lieu of flowers, Jim's family requests memorials be directed to the Northern Plains Hospice or Redfield Community memorial Hospital and Clinic Foundation.
James C. Baird was born in Redfield on Oct. 31, 1954, to Stanley and Shirley (VanHouten) Baird. He was raised on the family farm near Frankfort and attended grade school through second grade at Frankfort Public School, and then graduated from Redfield High School in 1972. He attended Black Hills State College and Northern State College. He worked in various food service and retail sales positions over the years.
Jim enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles and cooking. The family always looked forward to coming home and eating Jim's homemade pies.
Jim is survived by his sister, Janet Baird of Mesa, Ariz.; and five brothers: Kevin (Dar) Baird of Cavour, Kerry (Dawn) Baird of Redfield, Dennis (Kathy) Baird of Brentford, Steven (Judy) Baird of Frankfort and Robert (Susan) Baird of Chandler, Ariz. He is also survived by nieces: Jennifer (Donnie) Joyce, Starla Baird and Emily (Brian) Mader; and nephews: Tanner Baird, Eric Baird and Mason Baird; and his great-niece, Keira.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley, in 1968; his father, Stanley, in 2009; his stepmother, Jean Stanley Baird, in 1986; and his grandparents, Paul and Alice Baird and Peter and Esther VanHouten.