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James "Jim" R. Beard
January 19, 1946 ~ July 2, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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On Sunday, July 2, 2023, Jim passed away surrounded by his loving family. Jim demonstrated exemplary faith and was devoted to his family and friends. He selflessly supported his loved ones and his community, who often called on him in times of uncertainty.
Jim was born on January 19, 1946 in Wren, Ohio to Mary Cowgill and Carl Beard. He graduated from Lincolnview High School in 1964, Ohio Northern University in 1968 and furthered his education at St. Francis College, receiving his Masters Degree. Jim married Theresa (Stripe) Beard on May 8, 1971 and they shared 52 years of marriage together.
Jim’s hard work and dedication to his family and strengthening the community led him to be the Executive Director at Star Commonwealth, Director of the WORTH Center, Director of Van Wert County Job and Family Services, a college professor at Bluffton University and a Court Counselor for Van Wert County Probation Department.
Jim was an avid fisherman, gardener, and reader. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Van Wert Elks Lodge #1197, and the Knights of Columbus. Most importantly, Jim adored his family, friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He especially looked forward to spending time with his wife, 2 daughters, son-in-law and 5 beloved grandchildren, who he was proud of every day.
Jim is survived by his wife Theresa (Stripe) Beard, his daughters, Tami Boroff of Dublin, OH and Kristen (Ty) Conrad of Van Wert and his beloved grandchildren Sidney, Parker, Zak, Rilee and Cortney. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry (Shirley) Beard and Rick (Deb) Beard, and sisters Evelyn (Gerald) Breece, Sandy (Jack) Hoersten and Penny Clark in addition to many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Cowgill, fathers Joseph Cowgill and Carl Beard, and sisters Janet (Ron) Crowe and Sue (John) Raney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center or the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at the Cowan and Son’s Funeral Home in Van Wert, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will follow at 12:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Van Wert, Ohio. He will be laid to rest at Woodland Cemetery, immediately following mass.
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