Russell 'Rusty' Laird Obituary

Russell 'Rusty'  Laird
Russell 'Rusty' Laird

January 16, 1927 - June 5, 2015
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Rusty Laird, 88, passed away June 5, 2015 at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale. Memorial Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 22 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Des Moines.
Russell Hughes Laird was born in Sidney, IA, January 16, 1927. He attended Sidney schools until his family moved to Des Moines, where he attended Roosevelt High School for a year and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO.
He left school early during his senior year at Wentworth in 1944 and joined the Navy in World War II. He served as a signalman in the South Pacific on two LSMs. Following the war, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, followed by a Doctor of Laws Degree from the Law School. Russell passed the Bar in Nebraska and came to Iowa, where he passed the Iowa Bar to practice law in Iowa.
His first job in Iowa was a year with the Iowa National Mutual Insurance Company in Cedar Rapids. He then came to Des Moines and represented a number of trade associations until his retirement in 1993. He served "of counsel" for a period of time thereafter with the law firm of Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer and Marcoullier.
During his working years, Rusty was active in community affairs, most notably as a member of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Commission, where he served for 36 years.
He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, University of Nebraska Alumni Association, Waveland Park Masonic Lodge, Des Moines Consistory, ZaGaZig Shrine, Argonne Post American Legion, Beaverdale Post VFW, Ducks Unlimited, Golden Kiwanis Club, Des Moines Golf and Country Club, and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church.
Rusty was first married to Bonnie McGeeney, which union produced a daughter, Meri Jones, now of Boyne City, Michigan, and a son, Timothy Laird, now living in Louisville, KY.
In 1993, Rusty married Charlotte Turner, whose daughter, Amy Fox and family live in Clive, IA, and whose son, Joe Turner and family live in Bettendorf, IA.
Rusty is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Meri Jones (Lynn); son, Timothy (Lori); stepdaughter, Amy Fox (Greg); stepson, Joe Turner (Kim); and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Lifespace Foundation at Deerfield. Online condolences are welcomed at


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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
3424 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Monday, June 22, 2015
12:00 PM