Mr. Laird was a United States Army Veteran serving in Korea.
Survivors include his mother, Margie Walton of Paducah; one son, Steven M. Richardson and wife Kelly of Mascoutah; two granddaughters, Ashley Hostmeyer and Winter Richardson, both of Mascoutah; one sister, Sue Mitchell and husband Billy of Paducah; one brother, Barry Laird and wife Lynn of Metropolis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Laird; and one sister, Lisa Halvorson.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. David Siere officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Round Springs Cemetery, c/o Steve Miller, 1128 Country Club Rd., Metropolis, IL 62960.