Joseph Paul Aird, age 87, of Gladstone, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, at his home in Gladstone.
Joe was born June 11, 1931, in Marquette, and raised in Big Bay, Mi., the son of Robin and Helen (Imeson) Aird. Joe was a graduate of the Bishop Baraga High School Class of 1949. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. Joe was united in marriage to Donna M. Claus on June 15, 1957, they settled in Marquette. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad and was transferred to Gladstone in June of 1967.
In addition to his loving wife, Donna, he is survived by his children:
Judith (Daniel) Tamburrino of Auburn, NY
Rose (Garry Walsh) Aird-Minette of Buda, TX
Patrick (Kim) Aird of Niles, MI
Janet Aird of Gladstone, MI
Thomas Aird of San Diego, CA
Michael Aird of Hillsboro, NH
Russell (Mary) Aird of Gladstone, MI
Donald (Carol) Aird of Green Bay, WI
4 Great Grandchildren
And many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins
Joe enjoyed traveling with his wife Donna to visit their children and grandchildren and playing in cribbage tournaments around the country. Joe was an avid Detroit sports fan and he especially enjoyed the solitude of his camp.
Joe was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church for 52 years, he served for many years as lector and the church choir. He was a charter member of the Gladstone Knights of Columbus having served as Secretary and Grand Knight. Joe was a member of Gladstone American Legion. He was a Life Master in the American Cribbage Congress.
In addition to his Parents, Joe is preceded in death by:
2 Brothers: John and William Aird
Sister: Mary Beauchamp
Family will receive friends Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Blessed rosary will be conducted at 3:45 PM by the Knights of Columbus Brother Felix Council #2666. Military Honors will be presented at 5:45 PM by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71. Vigil Prayers will be recited at 6:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Parish hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to All Saints Church or Gladstone Senior Citizens Non-profit Corporation.
Joe will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone in the Spring.