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James Baird

May 26, 1962 December 21, 2016
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James “Jimmy” William Baird, Jr., 54, of Ankeny formerly of the Redfield area passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 11:00AM to 3:00PM on January 14, 2017 at the Stuart American Legion. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the James Baird Memorial Fund and sent in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory in Stuart.

Jimmy was born on May 26, 1962 to James Baird, Sr. and Karen Murphy in Dexter, Iowa. He was raised in the Redfield area and attended school at Dexfield. Jimmy married Katherine Jean Irwin on December 4, 1982 in Redfield. To this union two children were born: Cory and Curtis. The two later divorced. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia and then to Des Moines. Jimmy then moved south to Oklahoma where he lived for 12 years before he settled in Des Moines where he has resided for the past two years. He recently connected with his daughter Heather which he was very thankful for.

Jimmy worked for Monarchs in Adel for five years before becoming a private contractor. He was very good at his trade and took great pride in the work that he did. Jimmy framed many houses and did all sorts of jobs with his hands. He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and was very family oriented. He loved to joke and give nicknames to everyone that was close to him. Jimmy also loved to cook and would often joke with his sister Becky about who was a better cook. In his younger years, he loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He will be missed by many and leaves a lasting memory to everyone he came to be friends with.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents: James Baird, Sr. and Karen “Lolly” Love; his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

Left to cherish Jimmy’s memory are his children: Cory (Rhiannon Edwards) Baird, Stuart, IA; Curtis (Kristina Nelson) Baird, Stuart, IA; Heather (Eddie) Linebach, Des Moines, IA; granddaughters: Leah and Kamren Linebach; sisters: Lisa (Larry Johnston) Wagner, Des Moines, IA; Julie (Jerry)Dodson, Fontanelle, IA; Lori Hodson, Des Moines, IA; Diane Merical, Casey, IA; Becky (Kevin) Hunter, Ankeny, IA; step-sisters: Sue Lewiston, Norwalk, IA; Bambi Love, Redfield, IA; step-brothers: Brad (Wendy) Lewiston, Des Moines, IA; Scott Lewiston, Norwalk, IA; Clint (Lori) Love, Louisville KY; Jeff Love, Adel, IA; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends that he thought of as family. (Cremation Arrangements: Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory-Stuart Chapel).
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11:00 AM 1/14/2017 11:00:00 AM - 3:00 PM 1/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
Stuart American Legion

323 SW 2nd. Street
Stuart, IA 50250

Stuart American Legion
323 SW 2nd. Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States

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James Baird Memorial Fund

123 NE Second Street
Stuart, IA 50250

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