Frederick Lee “Musher” Baird

Frederick Lee “Musher” Baird

Frederick Lee Baird (“Musher”) age 80 of Baraboo, Wisconsin entered his heavenly home on Sunday, June, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer.

A Celebration of Fred’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1120 Draper Street in Baraboo, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a service at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend David Jensen officiating.

Frederick was born July 26, 1933 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Lucy (Starks) Baird. He grew up on his grandpa’s farm near Poynette, where he attended Smokey Hollow Elementary School and graduated from East High School in Madison, WI. Fred was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison and renewed his baptismal vows at Trinity/Madison in 1951.

Fred was always active in sports. Football and gymnastics were his favorite in his youth. With his friends from Turners, he could be found walking around the railings of the capitol or running down State Street on his hands.

He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. While in the Army, he was selected to entertain injured troops and orphans with his gymnastic show.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, he graduated from Madison Area Technical College earning a degree in refrigeration and cooling. He was employed for Federal Cooling and refrigeration. After moving to Milwaukee, Fred had a drapery and floor covering store in Fox Point. He continued installing carpeting while he lived in Colorado and again in the Madison area.

In 1979 he married Barbara (Hall) whom he affectionately referred to as “the married woman he lived with”. They lived in Wisconsin Dells where they made Trinity Lutheran Church their home. In his leisure time you’d often find Fred running his dog sled team on snowy days. In 2013 Fred and Barbara made their home in Baraboo and now worship at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Fred will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, generosity and infectious smile.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; son, Scott (Gina) and daughter, Carmen of Centerville, Arkansas; step-son, Mike Wiechert of Anchorage Alaska and step-daughter, Susan (Matthew) Platt of Wisconsin Dells; mother-in-law, Elaine Hall of Wisconsin Dells; seven grandchildren, Bradley Baird, Nicole Burns, Jon Baird, Jonathan Burns, Megan, Maverick and Macy Platt; 2 great grandchildren, Da’zon and Kyre Swader; aunt Rosie Downing; step-brother, Chris (Maryjo) Baird of Mountain Enterprise, TX; brothers-in-law, Keith (Ann) Hall of Collierville, NC and Jeff (Beth) of Shelton, CT; sisters-in-law, Gwen (John) Weiland of Rockford, IL, Elizabeth Hall of German Valley, IL, Ruth Ann (Derek) Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 11 nieces and nephews; 6 great nieces and nephews as well as many cousins, numerous friends and his grand-animal “Freddie”. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Jimmy C. Hall, Sr.; brother-in-law, Jimmy C. Hall, Jr.; his very special friend, Rich Muchka and his much loved sled dogs.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of The VA Medical Center in Madison, especially Kathy Galvez and the oncology infusion nurses, Pat, Sue, Deb, Ronni, Laurie Barb and pharmacist, Roger, Turville Bay/Baraboo doctors and Emily Rockwell who answered our questions and didn’t give up trying to help Fred always giving him excellent care. Also, thank you to Tracy, Heidi, Jacob and Lukas Klave and Kyle Jensen for their help in ways too numerous to mention.