Travis Lee Baird of Neodesha went to join his grandfather in Heaven on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. He was 47.
A funeral service will be held at Christ Church on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Chapel. Pastor Dave Cheshier will officiate. The family will receive friends at Christ Church on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Brewster Cemetery in Brewster, KS.
Travis was born to Airman Terry and JoAnne Cook on Sept. 24, 1969 at St. Thomas Hospital in Colby, KS. He was later adopted by Bruce Baird. As a child, he grew up on the farm in Sherman County and attended Brewster School. He attended 7th grade at Goodland Junior High where he was on the football and wrestling teams. In 1984, he moved with his mother and siblings, Lynn, B. J. and Chanda, to Neodesha where he attended Neodesha High School. He was a percussionist in the Neodesha High School band. Travis earned his high school diploma from Lawrence Dumont High School and was a speaker at his graduation. He attended Wichita State University where he studied art. Travis was united in marriage to Tammy Kitch in December of 1989. The couple and their son, Levi, made their home on the Hartley family farm for a time where Travis assisted his grandparents, Willard and Joan Hartley, in their farming operation. He had his own flock of sheep and a field of sunflowers. He later was employed as a road crew welder for A-Lert in Fredonia. While with A-Lert, he worked in several states and lived in both Georgia and Indiana. During that time, he was blessed with a daughter, Jade.
Following his divorce from Tammy, he married Leissa Fogleman. They were blessed with one son, Nakai. They were later divorced. Travis moved to the Nashville, TN, area where he continued to work in the construction industry as a certified master welder, millwright, and crane operator. One of his proudest accomplishments was his role in the construction of the stadium in which the Tennessee Titans of the NFL now play.
In 2015, he returned to Neodesha.
He is survived by his parents, JoAnne and Terry Harper, of Neodesha and Bruce and Donita Baird of Brewster; his grandmother, Joan Hartley, of Neodesha; three children, Levi, Jade and Nakai; two brothers, Terry L. Baird, and his wife, Cassandra, of Skiatook, OK, and Bruce J. Baird, and his wife, Brooke, of rural Neodesha; a sister, Chanda Shelton, and her husband, Rob, of Neodesha; his step-siblings, Quinn Jones and family of Roeland Park, KS, Abbey Thomas and family of Parkville, MO, and Wyatt Harper and family of Fort Campbell, KY, and J.R Baird and family of Thornton, CO, and Heath Baird and family of Cummings, GA; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Devin, Koy, Justice, Brynn, Madison, Cameron, Jack, Charlotte, George, Jane, Kate, Caroline, Braxtyn, Braelyn, and Easton; two great-nieces, Juniper and Willow; his aunt, Judy Siruta of Goodland and his aunts and uncles, Jackie and Gary Witherspoon of Shell Knob, MO, Kathy and Gerald Koehn of Scott City, KS; and his special friend, Melissa Mendoza and her son, Tanner of LaVergne, TN. Preceding him in death were his beloved grandfather, Willard Hartley, grandparents, Bennie and Cornelia Baird; a cousin, Ryan Connor; and his aunt, Jan McNerney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neodesha High School Band Boosters.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.loranfawcettchapel.com
Dear Joanne and family,
Sincere sympathy for you loss and may Our Father in Heaven give you peace.
Sharon Query LaymanThe Villages, FL
I'm so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your family during this difficult time. Many hugs and prayers.
Janet Luckert EwingEaton, CO
May you finally rest in peace Travis. I will always be greatful for our son, Nakai.
lisa Thornton TinitaliTacoma, WA
Terry and Cass so sorry for your loss. Psalm 23 God Bless you all may he give you grace thru this difficult time. Tami payden from cessna.
Tami paydenNeodesha, KS
We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May our Lord keep and bless the family.
Don & Carolyn WarrenNeodesha, KS
Hold him close in your heart and remember the good times with him. So sorry for your loss.
Dan and Carol BramhallNeodesha, KS
Prayers and hugs to the family and friends. Was like a real brother to me
Megan ThorntonWest Lafayette, IN
We have many happy memories of Travis. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with his friends and family
Wendy foglemanWest lafayette, IN
I'm saddened by the loss of Travis who was such a kind heart to me and would make me laugh. He will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Deena Bishop ChapapasSan Antonio, TX
My continued prayers for all of your family. So profoundly sorry for your loss.
Melanie JohnstonNashville, TN
So sorry for all of you. Prayers for all.
Prayers to all the family!
Tina (Musil) HansenColby, KS
I'm sorry for your loss and wish I could be there to say goodbye.
Dale HeadleySan Antonio, TX
This seems so surreal. He's too young. I'm so sorry. I know the heartache for sure. I hate y'all have this pain. Thinking and praying for y'all. Love, Rosie ❤
Rosie AschenbrennerPlano, TX
I am sending prayers and thoughts to you all. I am proud to have called Travis my friend. We shared a lot of great times and he will always be in my memories having fun and enjoying life as only small town Kansas kids can.
God Bless and peace
Jeff CashmanGranbury, TX
Travis will always be in our hearts. We are so glad we had the time we did. We will miss him terribly.
Curtis & Trish WilliamsNeodesha, KS
We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pattie and Gene BaileyNeodesha, KS