Robert L. ‘Bob’ Baird II

Aug. 15, 1929 - Sept. 10, 2009

Robert L. "Bob" Baird II of Genoa, Ill., passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. He was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Waukesha, the son of Robert L. and Daisy (Beales) Baird.

As a career law enforcement administrator, he served as the chief of police in Elgin, Ill., from 1972 to 1989, when he retired. Previously, Bob was a sergeant and lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. He was elected sheriff of Waukesha County in 1964 and served four terms. He was appointed chief of police in Elgin in 1972. Bob was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Sheriff and Deputy Association and the Illinois Police Association.

Bob graduated from Governors State University with a degree in criminal justice management. Upon his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Resource Management Associates in Tinley Park, Ill. Bob served as an infantry sergeant in the U.S. Army in 1947 and 1948. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1955. He retired from active and reserve status as a lieutenant colonel in 1974. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Active in community affairs, he served as president of the United Way in Waukesha County. He was on the board of directors of the Elgin United Way, YMCA and Renz Addiction and Counseling Center.

Bob married Frances "Fran" Ward in 1951.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; a son, Thomas W. (Joanne) Baird; a daughter, Mary Lynn Pratt; grandchildren, Robert L. IV, Lindsey Ward, Zachary Baird and Kimberly Baird Harrison of Colorado; and two great-grandchildren, Spencer and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by is parents, Robert L. and Daisy Baird, and a son, Robert L. "Bert" Baird.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. memorial service Thursday, Sept. 17, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St. (Route 31), Elgin. Burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

The family is requesting donations be made to the Robert L. Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been created for future law enforcement students.

Laird Funeral Home, (847) 741-8800, is serving the family.