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Jack Laird

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Jack Dale Laird, 78, a well-known and liked funeral director on the Harbor since 1972, died at his home in Aberdeen, WA Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Graveside services will be held 11: 00 a.m. Saturday June 21, 2014, at Willow Lawn Cemetery in Plainfield followed by a social at the Methodist Church in Plainfield. The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 202, Aberdeen, WA 98520 Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua is assisting the famiy with local arrangements. Online condolences for Jack's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com 641.435.4134 Jack was born in Charles City, Iowa, March 5, 1934, the son of Vernon and Miriam (Winters) Laird. He graduated from Plainfield, IA High School in 1952 and had served in the US Army from 1955-57. He married Marilyn Smith in Plainfield on July 21, 1957. They lived in Waterloo and Nashua, IA before moving to Coos Bay, OR in 1969 where he had worked in the timber industry for a while. They then moved to Sutherlin, OR where Jack began work in a funeral home. He went on to Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR where he completed his degree in Funeral Service Education in 1972. He found a position at the Whitesides Family Mortuary in Elma and the family moved there that same year. In 1973, Jack received his Associate in General Studies from Grays Harbor College. In 1976, Jack was transferred by the company to manage the Elerding Mortuary in Aberdeen until it closed and he continued his association with the company at Whitesides in Aberdeen. After 23 years with the company, Jack began work with Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen. In 1999 he semi-retired and became associated with Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond until he fully retired in March of 2012. His wife of 32 years, Marilyn, died in Aberdeen in 1989. Jack was a member of the Aberdeen Eagles Aerie and the Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 224. He loved going camping with his family, house-boating on Lake Shasta in Northern California, road trips to Reno, spending time with his grandkids and great-granddaughters, working crossword puzzles and playing solitaire on the computer. He also had many beer cans that he had collected over the years. Jack is survived by three sons: twins, Dale and wife Sandy, Cosmopolis, and Dean and wife Patty, Eugene, OR, and Scott and wife Suzy, Aberdeen; eight grandchildren: Angela and husband Kyle Scott, Janelle Laird and fianc Nick Ancich, Drew, Devin and Samantha Laird, and Brittney, Amber and Brandon Bensinger; and also 3 great granddaughters: Aili, Kirsi and Kaija Scott. Jack is also survived by many nieces, nepohews and cousins whom he nloved to spend time with. Besides his wife, Marilyn, Jack was preceded in death by his parents, a son at birth, Dennis in 1958 and his sisters: Shirley Cagley and Margaret Waters.

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