David Laird, 76, of Creston, formerly of Tama, died Sat. May 24, 2014, at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Creston. Pastor Gideon Gallo will officiate. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Tama. Open visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with family receiving friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Powers Funeral Home junction of highway 34 and 25 in Creston. Memorials are to be established in his name. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.
David Howard Laird, son of Myrtle Gertrude (Meeker) and Edgar Merle Laird was born in Elmhurst, Ill. on April 1, 1938. David graduated from Tama High School in 1956.
On May 19, 1957 David was united in marriage to Mary Scheid at the Toledo Methodist Church in Toledo, Ia. They settled in Tama where he first worked for Pioneer Seed Corn and then worked at the Juvenile Home for two years. They moved to Black River, Wis., where Dave worked for Jackson Electric. He began working with GTE in Manchester. In 1973, they moved to Creston, where Dave continued with GTE. In 1995, Dave retired as a construction supervisor after a 32 year career with G.T.E. He worked for three years for Moodys Construction in Hamburg and for five years as maintenance supervisor for Creston Schools. Dave has worked for several years as the custodian for the First United Methodist Church in Creston. David was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Creston.
David is survived by his wife, Mary Laird of Creston; three sons, Scott Laird (significant other Sandie) of Creston, Bradley (wife Paula) Laird of Wesley and Christopher (wife Susan) Laird of Richmond, Texas; a daughter, Melody Lynn Laird of Creston; eight grandchildren, Cory (wife Michelle) Laird, Kasey Laird, Brooklyn Laird, Drew, Madison and Mason Laird, and Joshua and Jordon Conour; three great-grandchildren, Jaden and Emma Laird and Jai-Lonna Laird and a sister, Beverly (husband Don) Lynch of Broken Arrow, Okla.
David was preceded in death by his parents.