PRINCETON — Wilford (Wil) Paul Beard, 81, of Boonville, Ind., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Transcendent Healthcare North in Boonville, Ind.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1940, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, to the late Paul Beard and Doris Marie (Turner) Beard.

He graduated from Princeton High School in 1959 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army, followed by the National Guard.

Wilford married his true love on Dec. 31, 1960, and they devoted themselves to raising four children and a grandchild.

Wilford lived an extraordinary life of service to his country, his community and his family. As he watched his children grow, his servant’s heart led him to volunteer at Hillcrest Youth Home and Boonville Youth Center. He served as a member of the Warrick County School Corporation Board of Trustees for eight years, and as a Deacon at Main Street General Baptist Church. He retired from Alcoa after almost 50 years.

He spent his retirement years volunteering at The Bread of Life Ministry in Lynnville, Ind. Wilford could also be found in his yard, growing beautiful flowers and helping his neighbors.

Wilford is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Judith Lynne Beard; an infant son, Scot Richard Beard; and son, Tod Alan Beard.

He is survived by his children, Kip Randall (Rebecca) Beard, DeLyn Beard, and Robert Troy (Dante Martinez) Beard; his grandchildren, Dakota Doyle Beard, Kyle Lee Alan Beard, and Hunter Paul Waters; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Alex, Jazmin, and Kyla; brother, Rodger (Angie) Beard; and honorary sister, Kathy (Paul) Merrill.

Friends visited Saturday, April 23, at Koehler Funeral Home, 304 E. Main St., Boonville, Ind.

Following the visitation, funeral services followed at Koehler Funeral Home on Saturday, with Pastor John Wongler officiating.

Burial followed at Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton, Ind.

The family would like to send a heartfelt note of gratitude to the staff at Transcendent Healthcare North, Dr. Ali, and Heart to Heart Hospice for the compassionate care given to Wilford during his healthcare battle. He had a mighty army fighting alongside him, fueled by Life Savers candy, chocolate, and donuts, which he happily supplied.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Main Street General Baptist Church, Parkinson’s Foundation, or Bread of Life Ministries in Wilford’s name.

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