John Michael "Mike" Baird was born September 6, 1943 in Fort Worth, TX to John and Mary Baird. He succumbed to leukemia Thursday morning, August 8, 2013. To say Mike lived an adventurous life might be an understatement. He was a military veteran, a small business owner (Modular Furniture Services of Rock Island, IL) and a Harley rider, a passion he shared with his much-loved daughter, Amy.
His raw sense of humor and blatant honesty instantly drew you to him - or pushed you away. You were lucky if you chose the former. Mike will be remembered for his generosity and his unwavering loyalty.
He never saw a river he didn't like and preferred to live in a home with a river view. He spent the two years of his cancer battle living in Ely, IA with his sister, Barbara, who stood steadfastly in his corner during the entire fight.
Mike is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Hugh Edward (Eddie). He leaves behind his daughter Amy Baird of Le Claire, IA, his sister Barbara of Ely, IA, a nephew Tim Baird of Martin, ND, nieces Emily McNeal of Bristow, IA and Ann Brown-Graff of Cedar Rapids, IA and several great nieces and nephews. A lot of friends will also miss him.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 10:30am at St. Mary's Church, 415 E. Pleasant Valley St., Sigourney, Iowa, with burial and luncheon following. Memorials may be sent to Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney.