Woodward County Obituaries

Ralph Edwin Baird
28 Mar 1895 - 02 Mar 1991

Woodward News
05 Mar 1991

Ralph E. Baird, Sr., 95-year-old resident of Woodward, Okla., and formerly of Sharon, Okla., died early Saturday morning, Mar. 2, 1911, in St. Mary's Hospital, Enid, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 5, in the Stecher Mortuary Chapel with reverend Ralph Holtzclaw and Reverand Mike Taylor officiating. Burial will be i the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Stecher Mortuary.

Ralph E. Baird, Sr., was born Mar. 28 ,1895, to William F. and Carrie (Newport) Baird. He came with his parents, an older brother, Claud, and a sister, Grace, to a farm nine miles south and two miles west of Woodward in 1909. His three older brothers, Charles, Earl, and Walter and three uncles, Harvey, James, and Charles Baird had homesteads close by. Ralph grew to manhood on the family homestead near Sharon, Okla. He was one of 95 men who was called to military duty during World War I. All the men were from the Woodward area. He served with the 44th Co. 11th Rec. Bat. 162nd D. B. U. S. Army Medical Corps. As far as we know he was the last living survivor of the 95 men from this area. He was stationed at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, to take care of the sick and dying from the great flu epidemic. He married Berenice Delp on June 16, 1918, in Woodward, Okla. they moved to the family homestead where he grew up, and farmed until he retired in 1977. From this marriage, two children were born, one son, Ralph E. Baird, Jr. and one daughter, Geraldine Baird.

Ralph is survived by one sone Ralph E. Baird, Jr., and by one daughter Geraldine Baird, both of Woodward; by three grandchildren John Baird, Gay (Baird) Prior, and Cheryl Lynn Tidmore; by nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ralph was a lover of all animals and treated them with tender loving care. He raised Registered Percheron horses in the 1920's for use by the family as well as for sale to other farmers. He raised Registered Guernsey cattle (milk cows) for milk a well as for sale to other farmers. He went into the Registered Angus cattle business in the early 1940's and sold them for beef and breeding purposes until his retirement in 1977. In 1977, Ralph and his wife Berenice moved to Woodward where they always raised a large garden and had a large fruit orchard. Ralph and Berenice were members of the Sharon Methodist Church until they moved to Woodward where they became members of the New Horizon Methodist Church.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Berenice, in 1984, one grandson Gordon Baird, a grand-daughter Judy Baird Brock and a great-great grandson Destry Wayne Baird.

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