James G. Baird

James G. Baird (Jim) was born Nov. 19, 1911 at Winsted, Minn., the son of James and Ida (Weibel) Baird. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Winsted. On Dec. 4, 1935, he was united in marriage to Eva A. Birkholz. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, daughter LeAnn and son, James Jr.

Jim Sr. had a love for the land and spent his life farming. Throughout his life, he was active in promoting agriculture. He kept up with current issues and participated in several organizations in the community and throughout McLeod County.

Jim was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church serving many years as an officer of various boards. He was instrumental in the organization and establishment of the congregation.

On March 19,1989 his wife Eva was called to her eternal rest.

On Nov. 19,1989 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Jim was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Gatz. They made their home in Winsted, and he enjoyed his extended family.

On February 28, 1998, at the Winsted Care Center, James G. Baird, Sr. was called to his eternal rest at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 9 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Ida Baird, first wife Eva A. Baird, brother Agur (Kutz) Baird and sister Grayce Murray.

James is survived by his wife Dorothy Baird; daughter LeAnn Horsch and husband Donald of Howard Lake, son James Baird, Jr. and wife Ruth of Winsted; nine grandchildren, Steve Horsch of Detroit, Mich., Bruce and Barb Horsch of Watertown, Robin and Drew Ekstrom of Vail, CO, Renda Baird of Eden Prairie, RaVon Polzin of Minneapolis, Jay and Lori Baird of Howard Lake, Rakel and Kevin Schroeder of Minnetonka, RaLeah and Rachel Baird of Winsted and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by one sister-in-law Evangeline Birkholz of Howard Lake; two stepchildren, Paul and wife Marilyn Gatz of Winsted, Paulette and husband Dean Jopp of Mayer; five stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Services were held March 3, 1998 at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Reverends Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. The organist was Kay Knutson with special music by soloist Bruce Gatz.

Interment was at the Winsted Public Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Birkholz John Baird, William Baird, Donald Baird, Martin Weibel and Glenn Weibel.

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