John Russel Beard, 66 of Taylorville passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born April 19, 1948 in Taylorville the son of Burnes “Dutch” and Hattie (Huffmaster) Beard.  He married Holly J. Greenan on August 14, 1999. He retired from Caterpillar in 1996 and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post #73 in Taylorville. He also Loved motorcycles, gun collecting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Holly of Taylorville, IL; Son: Jeremiah John Beard and Companion Terri Johnson; Daughter Casey Nicole Beard; Grandchildren: Cassidy Beard, Lennon Clark; Sister Mary Selzer; Brother Rex R. and wife Jennifer Beard. Sister-in-Law Evelyn (Phil) Watson; Brother-in-Law: Norman (Tara) Lybarger; Mother-in-Law: Linda Fillenwarth; Several Nieces and Nephews

Memorial services with military rites will be held Saturday March 28 , 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Taylorville with  the Rev. Russell Beard officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #73, 110 West Franklin St., Taylorville, IL. Sutton

Memorial Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.

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