The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 15, 2012

William “Bill” Louis Laird


DANVILLE — William “Bill” Louis Laird, 84, of Danville, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

Bill was born in Danville on Feb. 3, 1928, to Carroll and Virgil Marie (Brown) Laird.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Helen Vollstedt and Alice Hood; and two brothers, Glen Laird and Art Laird.

He married Shirley Ann Miller on Aug. 11, 1950. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, William Gene (Sherrie) Laird, of Danville; three daughters, Nancy Ann (Jim) Harper, of Englewood, Fla., Karen Sue (Jeff) Leeman, of Pekin, and Deanna Kay (Joe) Cuddihy, of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Doris Marie Ivey, of Danville, and Leora Ann Hutchison, of Covington, Ind. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Jason Gene Laird, of Cape Coral, Fla., Daniel William (Niki) Laird, of Rossville, Amanda Rose (Josh) Drude, of Danville, Michael Allen (Amanda) Dodson, of Evergreen Park, Melissa Sarah Dodson, of Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew James Ashby, of Killeen, Texas, Joseph J. Leeman, of Fort Riley, Kan., Bethany Grace Leeman, of Pekin, Benjamin David Leeman, of Pekin, and Aubrey Lorianna Cuddihy, of Denver, Colo.; and 12 great-grandchildren, Kyler, Madisun, Macy and Grayson Laird, Logan and Gage Laird, Noah, Owen and Evan Drude, Sarah and Benjamin Dodson and Jacob Ashby.

Bill served two years in the Korean War. He was a member of Second of Church of Christ. He attended Danville High School and was a graduate of Allied Institution of Technology. He retired from Blackie’s Automatic Engineering Company in December 1994 after 50 years of service as a HVAC technician and sheet metal fabricator.

He loved his family dearly and always had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to tease his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He took pride in his tools and equipment. He enjoyed yard work, genealogy, auctions and, most of all, dancing with Shirley.

A celebration of Bill’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, with the Rev. Drew Mentzer officiating. A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.

Memorials can be made in Bill’s name to the Second Church of Christ.

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