Marion- Charles E. Beard, age 81, of Marion, passed away at 6:10pm on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion.
Charles was born on December 20, 1935 in Perry County, Illinois, the son of Harley and Myrtle (Rackley) Beard. He married Anita Dillow in Old DuQuoin on August 11, 1973. She survives in Marion.
Prior to his retirement, he had worked as a supervisor at a container factory. He was a member of the Marion First United Methodist Church. Charles was a shriner. He enjoyed woodworking, Nascar, camping, traveling in his RV, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife- Anita Beard of Marion
Daughter- Theresa Johnson of DuQuoin
Son- Lybrand and Kathy Beard of DuQuoin
Step-Daughter- Cheryl and Steve Tuma of Breckenridge, TX
Step-Son- Duane and Linda Cerney of Delhi, NY
Six grandchildren- Rebecca Johnson
David W. Johnson II and wife Betty
Bryan Johnson and wife Hillary
Pamela Pursell and husband Eddie
Derek Beard and wife Tiffanie
Cally McGrath and husband John
Great Grandchildren- Jessica, Daniel, and Kassie Long
Savanna, Kayley, David Elijah William, and Jerzee Johnson
Addison and Edie Purcell
Bo and Beckett Beard
Step-Great Grandchild- Mariel McGrath
Brother- Robert Beard of Lee Summit, MO
Two special cats- Freddy and Lucy
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. John Hackmann officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.
For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home; 1704 N. Court Street; Marion, IL 62959. For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com