Laird, John Phares
John Phares Laird, age 71, a resident of Wheaton, IL, passed away on August 28, 2013, at his residence. John was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on January 27, 1942.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
He served in the United States Army as an artillery corps officer from June 1965 until he was honorably discharged in December of 1970.
John taught economics at Elmhurst College and worked as a business broker for JPL and associates among other professional endeavors. He enjoyed reading, fishing, walking, skiing and spending time with friends and family.
He is survived by his two sons, Michael Laird of Chicago, IL and Eric (Jennifer) Laird of Wheaton, IL; two grandchildren, Ethan and Cami Laird; stepbrother, Tim Ward of San Francisco, CA; stepsister, Susan Davis of Appleton, WI; half sisters Kathy Laird of Appleton WI and Betsy (Scott) Turenske of Shiocton, WI; three cousins, Pennie Laird, Culver City CA; Wendy (Tom) Beyer, Bethesda, MD; and Nancy Zickus, Nashua NH.
John was preceded in death by his father, Dr. James W. (Maggi) Laird of Appleton, and his mother, Mrs. Barbara (Ken) Ward of Clinton IL.
Please join us to celebrate John's life, share fun memories, and celebrate God's grace and love. A casual memorial service will be held Saturday, September 7 at Eric and Jennifer Laird's home, 821 N. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the memorial service.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Sept. 4, 2013