John Weston “Bub” Beard, 75, of Gilson, Illinois died at 6:45 A.M. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at his home. John was born on October 1, 1940 in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Emil Weston and Charlotte Marie Brown Beard. He was a member of the Harry Philblad American Post 749 in Knoxville and was a lifetime member of the NRA. John first worked as a heavy equipment operator, he was also a chief engineer on a tug boat, and he finished his career as a truck driver. He was part of the construction crew that built the Sears Tower in Chicago. John is survived by his fiancé, Shirley Essary Beard of Gilson, Illinois; one daughter, Johnnie Ann (Tracy) Hall of High Hat, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Aaron (Mary) Beard and Ragina Beard all of High Hat, Kentucky; one great grandson A.J. Beard and one great granddaughter on the way, Dallas Beard; his siblings, Connie (Cliff) Tanner of Campbell Hill, Illinois, Michael Beard of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Reva (Garlan) Leadbetter of Chatham, Illinois, and Clara (Mike) Jones of Port Allen, Louisana; his namesake, Joshua Weston Chaisson of Port Allen, Louisana; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Etta Beard; one brother, Kenneth Valor Beard; and one nephew, Greg Weston Jones. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. Graveside service will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Gracie Ginther will officiate. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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