GREENVILLE - Mike Beard, age 64, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 11:04 a.m. Sept. 12, 2013, in the Heartland Nursing Home of Greenville, Ohio.
Mike was born March 8, 1949, in Greenville, Ohio, a son of Betty M. (Lehman) Beard of Greenville and the late John "Junior" Beard, who passed away Oct. 25, 2008.
He had been employed for the past 23 years with the Darke County Highway Department and had achieved his master's degree of theology.
Mike was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving as a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. He loved the outdoors, be it working, fishing at Lake Erie, camping or participating in many family activities.
In addition to his mother, Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara (Fudge) Beard of Greenville. They were married June 24, 1972. Also daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Nathan Stephenson of Houston, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law John P. and Sarah Beard of Greenville; grandchildren Isaac Stephenson, Danielle Stephenson, Micah Stephenson and Zachariah Stephenson; sister and brother-in-law Marsha and Jack Baker of Greenville.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastors Augie and Jan Roestamadji co- officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran's Honor Guard. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com