OBITUARY: Richard O. " R.O." Baird
Aug 1, 1920 ~ Nov 22, 2011
Richard O. (R. O.) Baird, 91, of S Lake Tahoe, CA , formerly of Washington IL, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno NV. Born on August 1, 1920, in Astoria IL to William T. and Maude E. Baird, R.O. married Julia Ellen Dean in 1952.
Richard was a professional photographer employed by News and Views shortly before he went on to Caterpillar Tractor Company in E Peoria IL for 33 years working in photocopy. He also photographed over 900 weddings through Dennis Spain Studios in Peoria IL during those years.
After retiring, R. O. enjoyed riding his bicycle 3 years in a row in the MS 150 bike tours to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and was the oldest rider at 69, 70 and 71 years of age. He stated, ” That was the most fun I ever had!”
R. O. was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Washington IL and active in gardening and nature photography for many years. He loved sharing his photos and home grown produce with everyone.
In 2000 he moved to S Lake Tahoe to live with his daughter and son-in-law where he lived the last 11 years. Richard enjoyed many meals, events and friends through the S Lake Tahoe Senior Center and was a faithful member of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1982. Surviving are his son Lyle (Gisela) Valparaiso IN; daughter Joan (Dan) S Lake Tahoe CA; grandchildren Diana Welch of Valparaiso IN, Ken Blaney Jr. (Laura Shurr Blaney) Valparaiso IN and Angela Blaney of Chicago IL; great-grandchildren Amanda and Stephanie Welch and Madeline, Isabel, Roger and Claire Blaney. He was preceeded in death by two brothers. His bright mind, adventurous spirit and giving nature will be missed by many friends and family members.
celebration of life
WEDNESDAY • December 14, 2011 • 4:00 PM Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church, 530.544-3757
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church, 2733 Lake Tahoe Blvd, SLT-CA 96150
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