Smithville – Gene L. Laird, 65 was embraced by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Gene was born March 23, 1955 in Moline, IL and was the son of the late Marvin C. and Patricia E. (Lynch) Laird. In 1982 he met his future wife, Beth Chaplin over a can of Mountain Dew and they were married on October 5, 1985. Gene enjoyed singing in the church choir and playing the clarinet. He liked anything John Deere and was very proud of his Scottish Heritage. He will be remembered as a man with a strong faith in Jesus Christ and for being a friend to everyone and never a stranger.
Gene is survived by his wife, Beth; his 4 children, Stephen (Kayla) Laird, Heather (Zach) Oswald, Scott Laird and Russell Laird; his two grandchildren, Alexandra and Tyler Oswald; brothers, Fred “Bud” (Jean) Laird, Paul (Debbie) Laird and Janice (Mike) Pancrazio.
He was preceded by his infant daughter, Bonnie.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 7604 Pleasant Home Rd., Sterling with Pastor Stephen Olsen officiating. The services will be live streamed through the Church’s Website. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Friends are welcome to call at the church on Monday from 5-7 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com A Celebration of Gene's Life will be held after the Pandemic is over and will be announced.
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