"Bob" Beard Lawson "Bob" Beard passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a very brief illness.
He was born on December 4, 1918, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lawson Roberts Beard and Mabel Abbey Beard.
Bob was a career United States Army officer who served in the infantry both in World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. In 1947, while in the American Officers Club in Munich, he saw his future wife who was singing at the club. Despite multiple failed attempts to court her, she finally accepted his offer for a date. Esther became his wife in 1948. Together, with their daughter Andrea, they moved from Germany around the United States to different Army forts, finally settling in the D.C. area.
In 1960, he retired from the Army and went to work for the Federal Government first at the Bureau of Census and then at the Federal Aviation Agency where he was a branch chief and created aviation forms that are still in use today. In 1979, he retired from the civil service to enjoy life with his wife Esther in Warrenton, Virginia. He loved to play golf and spent many hours playing bridge and cribbage. But best of all, he loved spending time and playing with his granddaughter, Alexandra, who arrived in 1981. He and Esther followed their daughter Andrea and her family to Idaho in 1987 and then went on to live in San Diego from 1993 until 2011. Upon Esther's passing in 2011, he moved to Charlottesville to be near his family again. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Esther, in 2011.
He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Gibson of Earlysville, Virginia; and his granddaughter, Alexandra Gibson of Charlottesville. A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2012, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville. In lieu of flowers, he would have appreciated donations to the Salvation Army.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.