MARSHALL, Ill. — Donald E. Beard, 80, of Marshall, died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. He retired from Illinois State Savings and Loan Association at Springfield. He was born March 3, 1928, in Clark County, to Coral Beard and Kathryn Mullen Beard.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Newberry Beard; two sons, David Beard and wife Donna of Marshall, and Mark Beard of Aurora; two daughters, Katie Sutton of Marshall, and Ellen Urbanski and husband Tony of Terre Haute, Ind.; a stepdaughter. Holly Adkins and husband Mark of Nebraska; three grandchildren, Scott Beard and wife Jennifer, Benji Beard and Joe Beard; stepgrandchildren, Chris Eitel. Zack Eitel, and wife Molly, Mark David Adkins and Rachel Urbanski; great-grandchildren, Jacob Beard, Rachel Beard and Jason Lindsey; stepgreat-grandchildren, Zoe Eitel and Sam Eitel; a sister-in-law, Betty Beard of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Steven Beard and John Beard; a grandson, Jason Sutton; three brothers, Carl Beard, Wayne Beard and Wesley Beard; and a sister, Imogene Beard.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Marshall. He loved trap shooting, bird watching, playing pool with his buddies, and was a Chicago Bears fan. He was a graduate of Marshall High School, and had served as a Democratic precinct committeeman for many years.

Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. CDT Saturday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial is in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pearce Funeral Home, 314 S. Sixth St. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church; or for those who wish, a donation of one’s blood may be made to a local blood bank in honor of the continuance of life for others.

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