Bill B. Beard, born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 20, 1928, passed away on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
Bill was an amazing husband, father, grandpa, and most recently great-grandpa to a family who loved him dearly and will miss him forever. Bill’s career spanned over 27 years at Sears in Ames, Iowa. Bill and his wife Nancy retired to Clear Lake in the fall of 1991. They became part of a wonderful circle of friends in Clear Lake and it had
been their home for the past 20 years. They truly cherished their friends at the lake, family gatherings for the 4th of July, fishing, boating, shared barbeques and fish fries, and beautiful evenings on the front deck. Bill considered Clear Lake his home and was always anxious to return after spending fabulous winters in Florida with daughter, Cathy.
Bill’s family include his son, Bob, and his wife, Connie Beard, grandson, Rob, grandson, Nicholas, his wife, Debbie and baby Ajna, all of Marshalltown; daughter, Connie, and her husband, Gary Fontana, grandson, Jeff, and granddaughter, Rebecca, all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and daughter, Cathy Joel and Greg Roberts and granddaughter, Malea, all of Engelwood. His dog, Sam, is also mourning his loss.
Bill is now once again with the love of his life, Nancy, his wife of 60 years, who preceded him.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday, June 27, 3-6 p.m., at the Beard home, 126 4th Avenue North. Join the family as they celebrate Bill’s life, share stories, laugh and remember Bill.
Bill’s family wishes to express their deep gratitude for the care, respect, and compassion shown to their father by those from North Iowa Hospice and especially Michelle, Bill’s Hospice nurse. They ask that any memorials be directed to North Iowa Hospice.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.