James "Jim" Laird, 84, a retired farmer, died Thursday Sept. 17, 2009, in Chester. Jim was born in Chester on Oct. 2, 1924. He received his formal education in Joplin.
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He married Patricia Cox on June 4, 1948, in Great Falls. In 1952 they moved to the family farm northeast of Chester, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed reading, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage, so much that the Laird family made a memorable trip to Scotland in 2005.
Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Pat Laird of Chester; five sons, Ken of Kilgore, Texas, Mike of Great Falls, Jim (Vonda) of Bozeman, John (Rita) of Chester and Scott of Cut Bank; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Marie May in 1979; and five siblings.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester. Burial will be in Chester Cemetery.
Undesignated memorials will be given to Camp Make-A-Dream in Missoula, and to the Liberty County Library in Chester.
Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel, Chester.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 21, 2009