Glyn Laird

May 9, 1936August 28, 2018

"Glyn Laird died… pickup for sale." Glyn Laird, (82), Vietnam Veteran, First Sergeant, Retired Air Force Flight Engineer, retired Cessna and FlightSafety International instructor, loving father, grandfather of 21, great-grandfather of 17, was forever a student and a connoisseur of great jokes, cracking them until the day he left this earth on August 28, 2018. He always joked "when I go, make my obituary short and sweet: "Glyn Laird died, pickup for sale!"

Glyn was born May 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi to Hattie Anita Westbrook and Frederick Fosby Laird. He always described his childhood: "We were 'po'. We were so po, we couldn't even afford the other o-r (of the word poor). When Glyn was 17, he left school, the farm, and Mississippi and joined the Navy. After serving four years, he left the Navy, lasting only a short time in civilian life. He then joined the Air Force, where he served for 23 years, serving a tour of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He was a flight engineer and a flight technician (mechanic). He wanted to fly and learned flying privately. Flying became his true love. When he retired from the Air Force in 1977, he went to college, starting at the age of 40, graduating Summa Cum Laude (BA) and Magna Cum Laude (Master's program) from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed his BA in two years and his Masters in two years. Upon graduation from Southern Miss, he interviewed with Cessna and was hired as an instructor. Upon retirement from Cessna, he managed to last a month as a man of leisure and went to work for FlightSafety International Aircraft Maintenance Center. He had an amazing knowledge of airplanes, from the cockpit to under the hood. He could fly them or fix them and teach others to do the same. He loved to learn, loved languages, was proficient in Spanish. It was not unusual for a person to be accosted by him in order to practice his Spanish. He especially loved learning mathematics, teaching himself calculus and statistics as a hobby. One of his favorite books was entitled "The Joy of Math". His great-granddaughter, Marie, would roll her eyes and said "Grandpa, there is NO Joy in Math!" To him, there was. He never stopped learning. He also loved teaching which flowed over into "teaching" the family the proper Glyn way of doing things. Any of us who got the joy of helping fix a car late at night, always being the one holding the flashlight, eyes, and flashlight drooping, have these words seared into our memory banks "put the spot right here. If you can't see the spot, I can't either."

Glyn is survived by his wife, Carrol, ex-wife Edna, a combined family of 8 children: Glyn Dale (Sherri) Laird of Anchorage, AK, Ray Laird of Texas, Terry (Tina) Laird of Texas, Susan Laird Mims of Mississippi, Denise Dean Sparacino (Jeff) of Salina, KS, Rhonda (Donald) Romero of Wichita, Jennifer (Tad) Tribue of Wichita and Eric (Sara Burns) Ordway of Iowa. He is also survived by five siblings, Willie Laird, Phillip Laird, Hilda Laird, Joe Laird, and Carolyn Ewing.

Rosary will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church, funeral service same location on Friday, August 31 at 11am.

Actually, the opening sentence is a joke too; his pickup is not for sale, it will remain in the family. They don't take pickup trucks in heaven.


  • Carrol Laird, Wife
  • Edna Laird, Ex-Wife
  • Glyn Dale Laird, Son
  • Sherri Laird, Daughter-in-law
  • Ray Laird, Son
  • Terry Laird, Son
  • Tina Laird, Daughter-in-law
  • Susan Laird Mims, Daughter
  • Denise Dean Sparacino, Daughter
  • Jeff Sparacino, Son-in-law
  • Rhonda Romero, Daughter
  • Donald Romero, Son-in-law
  • Jennifer Tribue, Daughter
  • Tad Tribue, Son-in-law
  • Eric Ordway, Son
  • Sara Burns Ordway, Daughter-in-law

  • McConnell AFB Honor Guard, Active
  • Glyn Dale Laird, Honorary
  • Ray Laird, Honorary
  • Terry Laird, Honorary
  • Donald Romero, Honorary
  • Rolando Romero, Honorary
  • DJ Romero, Honorary
  • Michael Romero, Honorary
  • Tad Tribue, Honorary
  • Forest Laird, Honorary
  • Steven Laird, Honorary


  • Rosary Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 31, 2018

Glyn Laird

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Brenda Burgin

October 19, 2018

Please forgive me for the lateness of my condolence, I just read of Glyn’s passing. I met Glyn years ago when we worked at Cessna. I still remember his laughter. What a joyous spirit. There is no doubt that he left family and friends with heartwarming memories. My sincere sympathies for your loss.

Kaylee oneth

September 3, 2018

Roger Marston

August 31, 2018

Glyn was inspiring to all that knew him. He never met a stranger and was willing to help everyone. He will be sorely missed!

Bennie Holtsclaw

August 31, 2018

It is a well known fact in our family that when I first met Glyn I was not too impressed. However it did not take me too long to realize how wrong I was and I soon come to love him as much as I love my blood brothers. He had a great sense of humor and each time we visited he tried and succeeded getting me to laugh until my sides ached. He seemed to always work into our conversation that I was the "patriarch" of the family and how much younger he was than I (3 months). I will miss Glyn. He has been such a wonderful brother-in-law and special friend.

I shall pray that God will place His comforting arms around my wonderful sister, Carrol, and around our huge family. Marie and I extend to each one our condolences and love. Bennie

Harry Simpson

August 29, 2018

Rest Glyn, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.