Eugene S. Beard Lansing Age 87, passed peacefully the evening of September 11, 2013. He was born to Gerald and Gladys (Gray) Beard in Lansing on March 22, 1926. Gene enjoyed music, playing the trumpet in the marching band in junior and senior high schools, then in the U. S. Navy. He was drafted his senior year of Eastern H.S., leaving one day after graduation and served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on an LST ship for 2 years. He retired from the Michigan Dept. of Transportation after 38 years in 1981. Gene was very active in the bowling circuit, claiming the first 300 game in the Lansing area in 1971! He was a lifetime American Legion member, Lansing, later transferring to American Legion Post 412, Bath, MI. He is preceded in death by his two sons, Lamont Drew and Sherwood Lee Beard. Gene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois (Otterman); brother, Ian (Maryanne) Beard; brother-in-law, Dennis (Barbara) Otterman, daughter, Marvel (Bob) DeCess; grandchildren, Jenifer and Mark Stetson; step-grandchildren, Ben (Becca) DeCess, Tiffany (Mike) Jones; 1 great granddaughter, 4 step-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral services. The family would like to extend special thanks to McLaren Greater Lansing and Lansing Hospice. Donations in Gene's name may be made to CAHS-Lansing or WKAR. Arrangements by the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Delta Chapel. Friends may send an online condolence to the family at www.palmerbush.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Sept. 15, 2013