Wayne E Baird, Sr.

November 2, 1921March 2, 2013

Wayne E. Baird, Sr. 91, of Normal, took the hand of his Savior, Jesus Christ, who took him home to the Father at 3am, Saturday March 2, 2013 at Evergreen Place, Normal.

Wayne was born November 2, 1921 at Heyworth to Virgil Roy and Mary Stratton Bell Baird. He married H. LaVerne Weicht November 26, 1942 in Pittsburg, KS. Surviving are his children, Mary Louise (Joseph, Jr.) Van Valey, Bloomington, Carol Ann Emmett (James) Smiley, Bloomington, Lynda Kay (Timothy, Sr.) Arnold, Normal, Wayne Elmond (Elizabeth [Miller]) Baird, Jr., O’Fallon, Susan Rene Weiss (Parke) Weatherford, Plano, Cynthia Elaine (Mark) Segobiano, Bloomington, and Elizabeth Joan (Don E.) Minikel, Chisinau, Moldova; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; 1 brother, George (Edith) Baird, Boise D’Arc, MO; and 1 sister, Charlene Baird, Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Merle Gene and James H. Baird; a son-in-law, Jack Emmett, Jr.; grandson, John Emmett III, and great-grandson Bodie Bauer. Funeral mass for Wayne will be held at 11am Friday, March 8, 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4-7pm Thursday, March 7, 2013 at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A prayer service and time to share memories will begin at 6:30pm Thursday. Father Doug Hennesy will officiate. Entombment will follow services in East Lawn Memorial Gardens mausoleum. Wayne graduated from Bloomington High School in 1940 and attended Premier Boys State where he received a Civil Service Certificate for the office of Fire Marshall and Certificate of Appointment as Health Commissioner. He served his country during WWII from 1942-1945 with the Army Air Corps, and retired after 35 years of service with the Bloomington Post Office in 1987. Wayne was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Normal American Legion Post #635, APWU, and the Bloomington Moose. He enjoyed bowling, traveling, being outdoors, and playing cards. He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan for over 70 years. He loved attending activities and events of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wrote his autobiography to pass on to them, as well as spending time with the rest of the gang. The family would like to thank Dr. Bruha & Fresenius Medical Center, Heritage Health Bloomington, OSF, and Faith in Action. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his daughter’s missionary service at Condolences or memories may be shared at


  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Glenda Bergstrom

December 7, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is always is our prayers. Glenda Bergstrom

Kevin Baird

May 1, 2013

Grandmother Baird always said that our memories are coins that we keep in the purse that is our hearts and we can spend those coins to relive a joyful moment when we are feeling blue. Our memories are the only treasure we carry with us when it is our turn, and our name is called from above. - She passed last October. When you call my name, know that I will hear you. She was 101.

M wooden

March 13, 2013

God is with you in your time of sorrow. Isaiah 57:15

Brenda Trunnell

March 10, 2013

Sue, My prayers and thoughts are with and your family. I never got to meet your dad but from knowing you and Mary Lou I know he was a fine man as he had 2 great daughters who treated others so kindly! God bless~ Brenda Hoover-Trunnell & family

Dennis and Ellen O'Neill

March 8, 2013

We are so sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather. May happy memories comfort all of you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

March 8, 2013

We will always remember the wonderful times we had out here in Calif. with Uncle Wayne. He was such a great guest who always pitched in during parties and weddings and was such fun on camping trips. We also enjoyed our visit last Sept. at his retirement home. It was wonderful seeing him again. We loved him very much. Tom and Ginny Baird and Family

Janet White-Fingerle

March 7, 2013

Baird Family
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers will be with all. My Mom used to speak of you often. I read where he served in Army Air Force during WWII, my father also served during that time with the Army Air Force. "They are part of the Greatest Generation" EVER, more & more of them are leaving us daily wish I could of Thanked him for his service in person. Just wanted to drop a note with our thoughts & prayers.
The Family of Wilma I White

Gloria Heller

March 6, 2013

We are not in Illinois, but saw
the obituary online. Mary Lou,
so sorry on the loss of your father. Difficult to lose a parent under any circumstances.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


March 6, 2013

You are one of our heroes.
We will remember you always and miss you dearly.
Take your Warrior's rest for a duty well done.

I wish to extend to members of your family my deepest
sympathy on their loss.
May the force of GOD be with them as they walk through
this difficult time.
May the loving promises of our LORD and Savior comfort
them and give them strength.

On behalf of a grateful nation we leave our sympathy
and a small token of appreciation
for the honorable and faithful service rendered
by your loved one to our Country.


Kathy Baird-Allen

March 5, 2013

I see Uncle Wayne's picture above and think oh my goodness he and my Dad look so much alike. Uncle Wayne you are and will forever be in our hearts. You have so many that will miss you daily. Rest in peace and as I told my Dad before he passed, "I'll be seeing you"....we all will be seeing you again. With love from Kathy, Audrey, and the rest of the Baird family here in California.