Euell Lee Beard

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Euell Lee Beard, 92, Walker, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at his home in rural Vernon County. Euell was born July 14, 1925 in Valley City, MO to Hollie and Laura May (Bowling) Beard. In 1946 he was united in marriage to Alvera Bartels in Sedalia, Mo. In 1948, the first of their three sons was born. Alvera preceded him in death on December 12, 1996.

Euell attended Valley City grade school through the eighth grade where he had perfect attendance. He then attended Warrensburg High School and graduated in 1943. When Euell was nine years old he went to live with his Grandpa to help care for him. He worked for threshing crews as a water boy earning $.50 per day. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army serving in WWII as lead machine gunner.

Euell moved his family to Kansas City in 1953 and began working as a carpenter. He later began Euell Beard Construction Company which he operated from his home in Overland Park. He built many homes and apartments as well as some commercial buildings. Euell and Dick Moore began the business Superior Plumbing in 1962 and in the process became lifelong friends. In 1969 Euell and Alvera moved to Harwood, MO to take up farming and ranching.

Activities he enjoyed included noodling, fishing, bird hunting, and playing cards. Euell valued the deep friendships he developed throughout his life. He lived his last years surrounded with much love and care from his large family of which he was very proud.

Survivors include three sons, Rodney Beard and his wife Mary, Walker, Paul Beard and his wife Bette, Republic, Mo.,, Rick Beard and his wife Pam, Clayton, NM; 11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dallas Beard, Belton, Mo.,; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Alvera, he was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Wilmina Heiser.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Nevada with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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