Bill Beard, 88, of Warrensburg, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home with Brother Charles Brant officiating. Interment will follow in Warrensburg Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Matt Bauer, Jacob Bauer, Steve Tuttle, David Beard, David A. Beard and Nicholas Strathman. Contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or the Johnson County Cancer Foundation and checks can be left in care of the funeral home.
Bill was born on April 13, 1930, in rural Johnson County to Emerson Beard and Elizabeth (Stapleton) Beard. He was a supervisor of pattern design at Unitog and retired from there after 50-plus years of service. He was also a longtime attendee of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Billís greatest passion in life was his horses. He had a lifetime membership to the Missouri Fox Trotters Horse Breed Association and the Concordia Saddle Club. He also raised show horses, Texas longhorns, and a variety of birds, including chickens, peacocks and pigeons. He loved being outdoors, tending to his gardens, and watching the hummingbirds. He always looked forward to gathering his family at the farm and having barbeques and celebrating holidays, and his great-grandchildren always got special attention. He was honest, caring, and will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his daughter, Loretta Bauer (Ron Crossland) of Warrensburg; his partner of 37 years, Liz Tuttle, of Warrensburg, and her two sons, Chris Tuttle of Osage Beach and Steve Tuttle of North Kansas City; three grandchildren, Matt (Morgan) Bauer of Sweet Springs, Jacob Bauer of North Kansas City, and Amanda (William) Vanderpool of Knob Noster; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Vanderpool, Mayleyah Bauer and Briar Bauer; two sisters, Dorris (Dave) Hahn of Warrensburg and Linda (Don) Strathman of Alma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerson and Elizabeth; two sisters, Juanita Hunter and Crystal Meek; a brother, Willis Beard; a nephew, Ron Meek; a niece, Kelley Shelton; and his pride and joy, his Missouri Foxtrotter named Top Secret.