Robert Edwin Laird

Documented History


Robert E. Lair was born in Indiana on 19 February 1913, per U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940 confirms this date. Robert Edwin Laird was born at 9:15am 19 February 1913 to Frank George Laird and Emma Edith Lingle who lived at 3852 Graceland, Indianapolis, Indiana. Frank was an Accountant at the time. They had 2 children, both living.

REL 1913 Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940

REL 1913 Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940

 

In 1920, per the United States Federal Census, Robert lived with his parents and brother at 2 Fall Creek Boulevard, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. His father, Frank G, was 39 years old and born in Indiana. Frank’s father was born in New York and his mother in Indiana.

REL 1920 US Federal Census

REL 1920 US Federal Census

 

Robert’s mother, Edith E, was also 39 and born in Indiana. Her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother in Kentucky. Robert’s brother, Donald F, was 12 years old and born in Indiana. Frank was a Manager at the Credit Association.

REL 1930 US Federal Census

REL 1930 US Federal Census

 

According to the United States Federal Census, Robert and family lived at 3821 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana in 1930. Frank G and Edythe E were both 49 years old, Donald F was 22 years old and Robert was 17 years old. Frank owned the house valued at $13,500. Frank was a Manager at the Business Bureau.

REL 1940 US Federal Census

REL 1940 US Federal Census

 

In 1940, according to the United States Federal Census, Robert lived with his parents at 3821 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Frank and Edith were 59 years old at the time, Robert was 27. Frank owned the house valued at $9,000. Frank worked in sales at a private practice and Robert was a Clerk with a building and loan office. Frank earned $5,000 and Robert earned $1,800.

 

Military


Robert enlisted into the Army on 3 February 1941, per U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010. He was released on 23 September 1945. His birthdate is listed as 19 February 1913 and his death date is listed as 5 May 1987.


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REL 1955 U.S. City Directories

REL 1955 U.S. City Directories

 

According to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Robert E and Versa E lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1955. Robert worked as a salesman with J&L Agency Inc.

REL 1959 U.S. City Directories

REL 1959 U.S. City Directories

 

According to U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Robert E and Versa E lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1959. Robert worked in Real Estate at the time.

 

Death


Robert E. Lair passed away in May 1987 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, per U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, confirms his death date as 5 May 1987 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana. He lived 74 years. His wife was Versa E. Buchanan. His usual occupation was listed as Chief of Relocations with the State Highway Department. Their address was listed as 2026 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

REL 1987 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

REL 1987 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011

 

Robert and Versa lived at 6171 Burlington Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana at the time of his passing. Robert’s parents are listed as Frank G. Laird and Edythe Lingle. Robert died of Respiratory arrest caused by a massive cerebral vascular accident which is commonly referred to as a stroke. He had been suffering from Pneumonia prior to his passing.

REL 1987 Headstone

REL 1987 Headstone

 

Robert was buried 8 May 1987 in Crown Hill Cemetery, Section 78, Lot 161 per U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current. His parents are listed as Franklin George Laird (1880-1952) and Emma Edythe Lingle Laird (1880-1955). His spouse is listed as Versa E. Laird (1910-1998). His sibling is listed as Donald F. Laird (1907-1970). His Find A Grave Memorial# is 45956226.

As always, I’m still on the lookout for additional information about Robert’s life.  If you knew him or are related to him and have some memories you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave your memories in the comments box below.

Talk soon,

~Kris

REL Family Tree

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