Samuel Garland Beard, 79, of Dieterich, passed away at 9:51 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Island Grove. Burial with military rites will be in Dieterich Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, with a 6:30 p.m. parish prayer service. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Garland was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Dieterich, the son of Samuel and Velma (Lybarger) Beard. He married Mary Lou Ludwig on April 28, 1956, and she preceded him in death in 2007. Garland served an enlistment with the U.S. Army and was a retired farmer. He was also a member of the St. Isidore Parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Island Grove.
Garland is survived by his daughter, Cindy (Mike) Westendorf of Dieterich; two brothers, Raymond of Cuba, Mo., and Edward (Wanda) of Sigel; sister, Clara Belle Beard of Sigel; and two grandchildren, Samantha and Patrick Westendorf.
Garland was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Lou.
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