Reginald Baird, 81, of Hesper

Reginald  John  Baird, 81, of Hesper, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

He was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Boulder, Colorado, to Benjamin and Alice (Bryant) Baird.  The family moved to Harmony in 1942 where Benjamin opened Baird’s Garage.  In 1956 he graduated from Harmony High School, and the next day he got on his 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle and rode to Colorado.  After spending a year in Colorado, Reginald enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served from 1957 to 1961 as an interior communications electrician aboard the USS Talladega APA208. In 1964 he started his 25-year career at General Telephone and Electronics Corporation (now Verizon) in California, retiring in 1989.

He married Linda Seaman in 1966.  To this union a son, Benjamin Preston, was born.  They later divorced.  In 1978 Reginald began a 42-year partnership with Kathleen James and they married in 1987.  They were truly best friends, and rarely was one seen without the other, whether it was waving at everyone while driving in the 1987 Dodge pickup, or both pushing the shopping cart at Walmart.  Reginald enjoyed electronics, building and repairing Indian motorcycles, working on cars, and going to gun and antique shows.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen of Hesper; a son, Benjamin (Shana); and granddaughter, Madeline Alice of Seattle; a sister, Bayonne White of LaHabra Heights, California; a brother, Kent (Annie) of Pinion Hills, California; brother-in-law, Fred Perkins of Northridge, California; and many cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Alice Baird, and his youngest sister, Rama Perkins.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 11, at Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Wayne Ellingson officiating.  Burial is in Hesper Public Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion.  Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, is in charge of arrangements.