Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Howard Keith Baird

Howard Keith Baird, age 89, of Shelby, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of September 20, 2022 surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Howard was born September 8, 1933, in Shelby to Virgil and Florence (Stroup) Baird and was a lifelong resident of Shelby. Howard learned to farm at a very early age, when a farm accident severely injured his father. Howard was a 1951 graduate of Shelby High School, where he was elected “most courteous” of his senior class. He truly was a gentle courteous man who loved farming, western square dancing, Cleveland sports teams, Shelby Whippet sports, and was the #1 fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting activities.

Howard was a Private First Class in the 3rd Armored Division of the US Army, stationed in Gelnhausen, Germany. On June 11, 1955, he married Marjorie Maxine Hartz at the First Lutheran Church in Shelby.  Howard and Marjorie made their home on the Baird family farm in rural Shelby, where they lived for 67 years and raised five children. In addition to farming, Howard worked as a quality inspector at Quanex for 30 years, retiring in the late 1980s. He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, Shelby and served on the YMCA Board of Directors when the Y building was built.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his grandson: Eric Baird; brother: William Baird; and brother-in-law: Nace Berdanier.  In addition to his wife of 67 years, Marjorie, he is survived by his children:  H. Kim (Laurie) Baird of Cincinnati, Steve (Patty) Baird of Sylvania, Todd (Nancy) Baird of Ontario, Kevin (Tammi) Baird of Solon, and Michele (Brian) Glenwright of Ontario; 15 grandchildren: Ellen (Jon) Perez, Kelly (Rob) Blundred, Brian (Kendall) Baird, Ryan (Jodi) Baird, Adam (Ellen) Baird, Megan Baird, Caitlyn (Mike) Gallagher, Scott (Annie) Baird, Dr. Andrew Baird (fiancé Alyssa Rivera), Blake, Dr. Hailey and Emma Baird, and Logan, Alec, and Ethan Glenwright; 13 great grandchildren: Andrew, Maggie, Ryan, Oliver, Louis, Flynn, Mariah, Josselyn, Frankie, Bennett, Genevieve, Matthew, Henry, and baby girl on the way; sisters: Doris Berdanier and Sally (Phillip) Niedermeier; sister-in-law: Patricia Baird; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Howard was a family man who cherished family time with his children and grandchildren. His children held an 89th surprise birthday party for him on August 28th, and he was “all smiles” that day!

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875, where funeral services will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 10:00 am. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby, where military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, OH 44875.

For those unable to attend, condolences may be expressed by leaving a comment on Howard’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    We are very sorry to learn of Howard’s passing. Our condolences to all of you. May he rest in peace.

  2. Edna Karnes says:

    Dear Margie, Steve, Kevin, Todd Michelle and Kim. I am so sorry to hear that Uncle Howard passed away. He was a sweet man. Always enjoyed when you guys would visit at the farm, usually on Sunday evenings. God bless you all with many precious memories in the days to come.

  3. Ron ,Eileen and Jeff Mawhorr says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Baird family. Our children were in school together.

  4. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Baird family. Prayers for the days ahead.

  5. Russ and Betty Newland says:

    So sorry to the entire family for your loss. Hold onto all those precious memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Mark &Peggy Mckown says:

    Kim and Laurie, so sorry to hear of Howards passing. May the memories you have help comfort you in this time of grief. Prayers for you and the family.

  7. Paul & Marta Gerdes says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Baird family. Our prayers for the life of an outstanding man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend. As he now enjoys Everlasting Life, may you all find comfort in the memories you hold dear in your hearts and fulfill the legacy he so proudly instilled in you. God Bless.

  8. Bill Baker says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.
    May our Lord fortify you with strength, and may you hold precious memories in your hearts, forever!

  9. Julie Geer says:

    Kim, Laurie and family:
    Sincere condolences on the loss of Howard. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  10. Barbara Burky says:

    Marge & family, So very to learn of your loss. Prayers for all. Keep the memories alive.

  11. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. Keep your memories close. Prayers for the family.

  12. Mark Jennings says:

    Condolences to the Baird family. Prayers to all for comfort and peace

  13. Dwight & Robin Rarick says:

    Steve, Patty and the Baird family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  14. Amy Albert Brown says:

    Prayers and sympathy to the family treasure your memories of a life well lived

  15. Chuck and Barb Elliott says:

    our sincere sympathies to all the Baird family,
    you have lost a kind and generous man.
    our prayers are with you,

  16. Tammy Loveland Rock says:

    Dear Marge and Baird children, I remember your mom and dad fondly. I know each of you have wonderful memories to hold on to. You all have my sympathy.

  17. Barbara J. Eakins says:

    Doris and Pat, our sincere sympathy to you and to all of Howard’s loved ones.

    We didn’t know him and that is our loss. We hope your wonderful memories of him carry you through your time of grief and going forward.

    Sincerely, Jim and Barb Eakins

  18. sandra k mcguire says:

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire Baird family.

    The family of Kelly McGuire Shiliro

  19. Tim A Ensman says:

    Our families have had several recent passings, but our memories of all who have passed are surrounding us with love and compassion.

  20. Valerie and Roy Watrous says:

    Kim and Laurie I am sorry to hear the news of your father passing away.

  21. Mic Kempf says:

    To Kim, Laurie, Steve and family- I’m saddened to hear of your father’s passing. My family will keep you and your’s in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mic, Jo, Peyton and Paige
    the Kempf family

  22. Norm and Kate Stamm says:

    To Marge and all of the Baird Family

    Please accept our most sincere condolences to you and your family.
    May you find strength and support amongst each other. We will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

    A father may pass on…… but his thoughts, hopes and dreams live on in us. Remember the amazing life he lead and how much he loved you.

    Our sympathies,

    Kate and Norm

  23. Cheryl (Broka)Carson says:

    Todd and Nancy,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. My dad passed away last year on September 19 and I understand how it feels to miss your dad. Thoughts and prayers are heading your way. Sending A big hug to you all, from your former ‘79 classmate.
    Cheryl (Broka) Carson

  24. chandos gose says:

    Sorry to hear of Howards passing. He and I worked together many years at Quanex and later Tech Form Inc in Shelby. He will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him.
    Chandos Gose
    Norwalk Ohio

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