Kenneth D. Beard
It is with great sadness the family of Kenneth D. Beard, age 79 passed away on December 6 at 8:50PM after a long illness surrounded by his loved ones.
Ken was born March 30, 1938 in Thayer, IL to Samuel & Lilian Beard. He met his loving wife Mary Lou Devos in Auburn, IL. The two of them celebrated 57 years of marriage this last October. Ken was an avid golfer. His all-time passion was watching the world champion Chicago Cubs, Illini football team and the Chicago Bears. Ken had a successful career at H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company in Springfield, IL of 40 years as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep. Ken also served 5 years in the U.S. Army with honors. His pastime pleasures were watching his grandchildren in their sport activities along with fishing. Ken will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary Lou, daughter Terri and husband Yiorgo of Morton Grove, Illinois and son Donald Beard and wife, Pam of Savoy, Illinois. Ken will also be fondly remembered by his 2 grandchildren, Taylor and Katelyn Beard. Ken was best known by Daddy-O, BaPa, Coach and KB. Ken truly relished his family and friends. Ken is preceded in death by his siblings, Maxine Fabian, Eva Davis, Norma McGary, Rosetta Beard, Jim Beard and Dwight Beard. The celebration of Ken’s life will be held on December 12 at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home at 614 Cheyenne Drive in Auburn, Illinois with visitation from 10AM-11:30AM, followed by funeral services at 11:30 a.m.at the funeral home. Rev. Charles Kurfman officiating. Pallbearers: Steve McGary, Yiorgo Nikoletseas, Taylor Beard, Dale Collee, Elvis Tomlin and Diane Garrison with Honorary Pallbearer, Katelyn Beard. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Memorial donations in memory of Ken can be made to your local American Cancer Society.