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Willis Beard
Willis BeardPoolWillis Beard, 82, of Richwood, died peacefully Saturday January 18, 2020 at the Memorial Gables in Marysville.

He was born at the homeplace near Richwood on August 3, 1937 to the late Lawrence and Mary Leah (Beard) Beard, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Opal Elizabeth (McComas) they were married April 6, 1957 in York Center and she died February 18, 2006, Willie took loving care of Opal for more than 36 years due to her ongoing illness. Also preceding him in death was three sisters, three brothers, two half-brothers and four half-sisters.

Willie had worked at the former Tecumseh Products in Marion. He was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ in Delaware, where he was instrumental with helping the church when a new roof was needed. Willie enjoyed playing pool with friends and going to horse races, he really loved going to the Little Brown Jug. It also could be said that he enjoyed “flirting” with the ladies in his life.
But his true joy in his later years was his time spent at the Memorial Hospital in Marysville. He loved volunteering there and was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2017. The hospital actually made a new award for Willie, “Happy Talker Award”, to symbolize what he meant to all there.

Surviving is his sister: Etta Mae Hitt of Richwood and her family, special friends: Lloyd Phipps, Jim Payne, Paul and Pam Reynolds and Carla Reinhard, all who meant so much to him.

Graveside services will be held Thursday January 23, 2020 at 11:00 am at the York Cemetery, Paul Reynolds will officiate.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Somerville Friends Church or the Eastside Church of Christ.

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#1 from: Rita Headington Parker
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 6:57 PM

With my sincere sympathy to the family.  I know that you have many happy memories as do all that knew Willis.

#2 from: Jennifer Rife
Milford Center
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 7:22 PM

To Willie’s family and friends, Willie was such an awesome person. The registration department at Memorial will miss is smile, laughter and flirting with us girls!! We loved him very much! My prayers are you.

#3 from: Scarlett Conley
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:52 AM

Willie will be greatly missed in the halls of Memorial, where he was loved by all.

#4 from: Lori, LPN
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 6:10 PM

I sure enjoyed seeing Willie the 2 1/2 years I knew him.  He always had a smile and a wink for everyone.  He was determined to live his life the way he always had before his diagnosis.   My sympathies to his family and friends.

Lori, LPN

#5 from: Rona penix
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 8:29 PM

So sorry to hear of Willis passing meant him at the horse races such a good person caring for his wife  your in our thoughts and prayers

#6 from: Cynthia Oberdier
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 10:02 PM

My heart is sad to see Willie go, but I am reassured Opal was waiting with open arms.  From the moment I met the two of them, I fell in love with them.  Willie was a great sunshine in the morning after work.  Opal had a sharp memory even 20 years after I had the pleasure of taking care of her.  She reminded me in 2005 how my son used to sing and dance to Achy-Breaky Heart.  Memorial lost a great friend and companion.  Willie you are already missed so much.  God speed to you and keep watching over all of us.  To the family, my condolences to you all.  We all lost a great friend.  

#7 from: Jeannette epp
 Raymond ohio
Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 11:50 AM

Willie was so sweet, funny , and ornery.  He is very missed.

#8 from: Jerry Peggy (Gray) Weaver
Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Willie, he was such a kind soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

#9 from: Gary Mannasmith
Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Condolences to the Beard Family for the passing of Willy. Willy Was a old friend and playmate of my older brother and sisters .He always had a story to tell and he loved horse racing. RIP.

#10 from: Richard and Betty Tevis
Raymond, Ohio
Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 8:55 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

#11 from: Gary and Kathy Fields, and Helen Fields
Greentop, MO
Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 6:16 PM

I remember Willie from many years ago, back in the early 1970's when I was dating one of his nieces. He was always a happy go lucky person as I remember, and always had good thoughts of him. Sorry for your loss Etta and family, he was a good man.

#12 from: Elma Parish
Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 8:47 AM

So sorry Etta Mae for your loss. Willie was always friendly never seemed to know a stranger. Tis true he liked the ladies but always faithful to his wife . I can remember talking to him about her and how she progressively got worse. I hope Willie is home with the Lord and enjoying happy peaceful days.

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