David  Baird
CATLIN - Wm. David Baird, 79, of Catlin, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.
He was born September 15, 1940, in Danville, Ill., the only child of Donald and Mildred Pitchford Baird.
David married Pamela Jo Mitchell on September 3, 1966, in Danville at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
She survives as well as a son, Kenneth D. Baird of Wytheville, Va.; and a daughter, Lisa Ellen (Mark Weber) Baird of Danville; two grandchildren, Tayler Baird, Clarksville, Tenn., Alexandra Baird, Carbondale, Ill.; his in-laws, Diana (Dave) Winn, Oakwood, Ill., Janice (Rocky) Young of Arizona, Patricia Mitchell, of Kentucky, Robert (Theresa Able) Mitchell, Potomac, Ill.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
David grew up in Jamaica, Ill., and graduated from high school in Topeka, Kan. He served in the Navy as a radar man, aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas. He spent most of his time in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.
He attended the University of Illinois, as well as Danville Junior College, where he met his wife to be. David had a career in journalism working as a reporter and photographer for WCIA Channel 3 and the Danville Commercial-News. He operated the Danville office of Champaign News-Gazette, which served Vermilion County. He also owned Baird Insurance Agency in Catlin for several years.
He also was an amateur radio operator, holding the highest license of "Extra Class." He was a member of Catlin Church of Christ, Catlin American Legion and Kickapoo Woodcarvers. He also played the trumpet, guitar and piano as well. Special thanks to Colonial Manor for their care and comfort, and support of the family.
Memorial service: noon Friday at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Darren Johnson to officiate. Private Inurnment will follow at OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin, with military honors by Catlin American Legion. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Robison Chapel.
Memorials to the Catlin American Legion, Catlin Fire or Police Departments. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com
Published on November 11, 2019


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Cassie Fanson-Harrison
Nov 15, 2019
Pam, Kenny & Lisa,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Melinda Hall
Nov 14, 2019
Pam and Lisa

So sorry to hear this. Mom had mentioned seeing him at Colonial Manor. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. ❤️
Monty Andre’
Nov 14, 2019
Pam, Lisa and Kenny,

So Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Monty
Nov 11, 2019