Laverne Leo Laird, son of the late Clyde E. and Martha Rice Laird, was born in Essex, Mo., on April 26, 1939, and died at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, Mo., on Feb. 13, 2011, at the age of 71.
Leo had lived in the Dexter and Essex areas all his life and was a retired mechanic.
Surviving are three sons, Donald Laird, Randy Laird and Jeffery Laird, all of Dexter, Mo.; one daughter, Leola Laird of Fisk, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lowell Lee "Sam" Laird of Wappapello, Mo., Lyndell Leroy Laird of Advance, Mo., Clyde Laird, Jr. of Bloomfield, Mo.; two sisters, Loretta Louise Whittley of Bloomfield and Nola Clara Hoggard of Advance, Mo. Many other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon and Larry Laird.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Triplett Cemetery near Dexter, Mo.
Interment will be in the Triplett Cemetery near Dexter, Mo., with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Mo. in charge of arrangements.