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John Franklyn Laird, Jr.

January 25, 1932 - February 28, 2018
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Cleveland, OH
John Franklyn Laird, Jr.

John Franklyn Laird, Jr.

Born: January 25, 1932
Died: February 28, 2018
Age: 86

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ohn Franklyn Laird, Jr., the son of John Franklin and Martha Elizabeth (Landis) Laird, was born on January 25, 1932, in Cleveland, OH. He was raised and received his early education there, graduating from high school. After high school, John entered into the U.S. Military on September 15, 1955, serving 5 years in the United State Air Force. Upon his honorable discharge he then transitioned to serving his country in the United States Navy beginning in 1960. In addition, he served in the Vietnam War. For his time serving, he received the Combat Action Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on June 8, 1976.

     On May 25, 1963, John married Linda West in Marietta, OH. While in the military, John and his family lived in several places all over the world, including Scotland. Following his discharge, John moved to Ashtabula, Ohio where he worked various jobs in his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed painting, working on vehicles and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family was most important to him. In addition, he was involved in the Masonic Lakeshore Lodge #307 in Madison, OH where he achieved the rank of 32nd Degree Master Mason. He also obtained York Rite and Scottish Rite Degrees.  In 2015 John moved to be closer to his children. While in Spencer, he was involved with the Abu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City, IA.

     On February, 28, 2018, John passed away at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter, Shania; 2 sisters: Bessie Davis and Betty Jane Collins; 5 brothers: William Laird, Lewis Laird, Charles Laird, James Laird and Osker Laird, and his nephew, Greg Laird.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda of Spencer, IA; 2 sons: John (Lori) of Spirit Lake, IA and Brian (Sharon) of Sharpsville, PA; 2 daughters: Jennifer Laird (Del Lord) of South China, ME and Amy Laird of Spencer, IA; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; his brother, Robert Laird of Ohio; 2 sisters: Marlene Miller of Virginia and Nora Thompson of Geneva on the Lake, OH; other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be 3:00p.m., Tuesday, March 6, at the Warner Chapel

Masonic Services will be conducted by the  Evening Shade Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Spencer.

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post #1 and the V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159
Pastor Dave Smidt

Honorary Bearers
Cory McKevitt
David Titmus
Ashford Williamson
Del Lord
Visitation will be prior to the service at the funeral home.
"Navy Hymn"
"Tears In Heaven"

Bagpiper- Tom Parliman
"Amazing Grace"
"Going Home"
"Scotland The Brave"
Burial will be at a later date.


Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:38 PM
“Until we meet again at Jesus's feet. Lovingly your niece Penny Lynn”
- Penny Banks
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:03 AM
“Dear Aunt Lin...I am so very sorry to hear of Uncle Jacks passing..I have many good memories of him but mostly I will remember him as being a very quiet and gentle man. He will be missed and May God bring you and your family comfort...Love, Pam and DaleFox”
- Pam Fox
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“Auntie Lin...and cousins.........I am saddened to hear about Uncle Jack,,,,,he was always very special to me...Love you all...”
- Elizabeth Stevens
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“Aunt Linda, Johnny, Bryan, Jennifer, and Amy I am so sorry to about Uncle Jacks passing. Know we are thinking of all of you! Prayers and Love to you all! ”
- April Brown
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 9:47 PM
“our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time we are sorry for your loss we only knew Jack for a short time but we were glad to have gotten to know him.Love to all of you . Dave@Carolyn”
- DavidAND Carolyn strauss
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 9:47 PM
“Mr. Laird was like a second dad to me in high-school when me and his daughter, Amy became best friends. He was always kind and thoughtful and honest.
I am so terribly sorry fort he family's loss. He will be missed.”
- Heather Chandler
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 4:10 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John was always nice and kind hearted to me, Iā€™m blessed to have known him. Stay strong and your love for each other will get you guys thru these difficult times. Beth”
- Beth Hopkins
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 4:10 PM
“Mrs. Laird, Jennifer and family, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.”
- Jean Rhoten
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:08 PM
“sorry for ur lose and my thought and prayers to you and your family he was another father to me he will be missed dearly ”
- rodney milbrandt
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:47 PM
“My sincere condolences to Aunt Lin, all of the children and grandchildren. Uncle Jack will be missed. Love and hugs šŸ’—”
- Donna Laird Keener
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