Allen Edward Beard, age 84, of Eureka, Illinois and formerly of Perry, Illinois and Quincy, Illinois passed away at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2022 at his residence in Eureka, Illinois.
He was born September 30, 1937 in Baylis, Illinois the son of Frank and Inez Jones Beard.
He married Gail Irene Ross on July 26, 1958 in Quincy, Illinois and she survives.
Mr. Beard worked as a salesman for Burrus Seed Company, where he served as district sales manager for 17 years. He then was engaged in farming for several years, retiring in 1994. While farming Allen received a no-till farmer of the year award and the outstanding district director award from the soil and water conservation district in 1985.
Mr. Beard, most recently attended the Eureka United Methodist Church. Allen enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting, fishing, raising and training dogs. He also loved family gatherings and playing cards. In later years Allen enjoyed doing puzzles with his wife Gail. Some of his greatest joys were family vacations, camping, and attending his kids activities with Gail including; 4-H, sporting events and other community activities.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gail Irene Beard of Eureka, Illinois. 5 children Dan Beard (Lori) of Corinth, Texas, Randy Beard of Geneseo, Illinois, Tammy Mitchell (Dennis) of Hudson, Illinois, Tina Sutter (Dan) of Eureka, Illinois and Tonya Caron (Ken) of Williamsburg, Iowa. 11 grandchildren Josh Beard, Rebekah Seuferer (Bryant), Amanda May (Dietrich), Zach Mitchell (Aly), Janae Leman (Trent), Wesley Sutter, Nathan Sutter, Jill Gribble (Daniel), Josie Caron, Isaac Caron and Olivia Caron also survive along with 6 great grandchildren Til, Rye, Tate, Crey, Avery and Jace.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister Mary Lou Ellege, 1 daughter-in-law Joyce Beard and 1 grandson Trevor Mitchell.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with his son-in-law Dennis Mitchell officiating. The services will also be broadcast live on his obituary page of the funeral home website at hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
Burial will follow in the Benville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Allen Beard Memorial Fund.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.
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