In Memory of Michael Lee Baird

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It was a glorious fall Saturday, September 21, 1946 When Michael Lee Baird was born. He was indeed a gift. He left us on March 27, 2015. Mick was a lifelong resident of Lakeview , Michigan , graduating from Lakeview High School in 1964. Immediately following, he entered Tool & Die trade. For the next 52 years he plied his trade at several shops. He was vice president of Tomco Tool & Die and in 1999 opened his own business, Steeplechase Tool & Die Inc., in Lakeview. He took great pride in his company, working tirelessly to see it bloom and grow.
There was nothing he could not fix, repair, build, or engineer. He was a master planner who never lost a battle until he met up with a vile disease in 2013.
He was continually nurturing – whether it be thoroughbred horses, fruit trees, asparagus plants, young employees, or the garden. His guidance and encouragement to family and employees will be sorely missed.
The booming laugh has been stilled and the legendary wink of his eye forever closed.
He was preceded in death by his father Loren R. Baird and Granddaughter Amanda Baird.
Left behind is wife Linda, who is certain he hung the moon, Mother Lavon Baird, Sisters Lorna Kay Kierepka and Dana Grizzard. Children John Baird, Quent Baird, Dan Baird, Rachel Vandyke, and Chris Logan, and twelve grandchildren. Also aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
A gathering to meet with his family will take place at Brigham Funeral Chapel on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
The funeral service will be Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Grace Community Church , Reed Road , in Howard City, Michigan. A luncheon will follow.
Donations in Mick’s honor may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church , Lakeview , MI .


Discussion closed
  • Carolyn Hansen (Monday, March 30 15 12:21 pm EDT)

    Linda and Families- I was saddened to hear Mick had passed away but he is now free of suffering.Your special memories will be with you always.Thinking of you at this sad time.

  • bob and Joy Hamlin (Tuesday, March 31 15 07:38 am EDT)

    May the memories of a beautiful man and
    His wonderful life, console you in this time
    Of grief. Our deepest condolences, and
    Love to all of you.

  • Patricia Baker (Tuesday, March 31 15 10:32 am EDT)

    So very sorry to read this Lorna. I know you expected this but that down't make it any easier! He is in a better place and you are left to mourn his loss!! Sending my prayers!

  • Greenville Tool & Die Co. (Tuesday, March 31 15 11:51 am EDT)

    On behalf of everyone at Greenville Tool & Die our condolences to the Baird Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Erika (Tuesday, March 31 15 02:42 pm EDT)

    I know God has lots of room for this Great Man. He was so influential to many people. I feel blessed to have known him. Much Love, Mick...see you later.

  • kory gould (Wednesday, April 01 15 08:29 am EDT)

    Im so sorry to hear this my prayers are with the family. Now mick and my dad get together and build things.

  • Jim Comden (Wednesday, April 01 15 09:04 am EDT)

    So sorry to hear about Mick's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • David & Jody (Saturday, April 04 15 08:39 am EDT)

    He was a classmate of ours, with a distinct laugh and a natural friendliness, a soft-hearted storyteller, and a wonderful man from a wonderful family. The happiness in his life seemed to grow with
    every passing year.

  • Tom and Cathy Cornell (Sunday, April 05 15 04:48 pm EDT)

    We were friends and family in the very early years. Mick suggested Tom get a job at Greenville Tool & Die and so shaped our lives from then on. Loved him, enjoyed him, will miss him. Sending love
    to all is family.

  • Brandt and Adria Clark (Wednesday, April 08 15 09:32 am EDT)

    Mic was such a great man. We are so saddened by his passing and will miss him. They say that horses are a mirror to our souls...and his horses showed a kind and wonderful man.

  • Jim Rinke (Saturday, April 11 15 06:12 am EDT)

    My prayers and condolences go out to the Baird and Steeplechase family. Mick is not suffering anymore. God has brought home a great man. I will miss his stories and his laugh. God bless.

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