David Allen Beard
51, of Indianapolis, passed away July 10, 2013. He was born June 16, 1962, to Joseph B. and Judith M. Schuck Beard. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, David was a 1980 graduate of Thomas Carr Howe High School, and he attended Indiana University. He was employed as a Family Services Counselor for Shirley Brothers Mortuaries for the past 6 years, and previously in sales with Nordstrom's for five years and the Style Store for 18 years.
David was a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and an Eagle Scout of Arlington Heights Christian Church. He was in the AA Recovery and Mentoring Program for the past 18 years.
David was an avid gardener, and loved and collected penguins. He was an incredible man, larger than life, never met a stranger, had an incredible sense of humor, and most importantly a heart of gold. He was always willing to help anyone whether he knew them or not.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel , 9606 E. Washington St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 E. 10th St., with visitation one hour prior.
David is survived by his partner, Craig Rubel; mother, Judith M. Schuck Beard; brother, Thomas W. Beard (Jetta); sister, Cathy M. McAtee (Dennis); aunt, Janet Ries (Rodger); great-aunt, Ruth Justus; nieces, Jennifer M. McAtee, Cassie E. Cole and Melissa M. Beard; nephews, Jonathan D. McAtee and Matthew T. Beard; four great-nieces and great-nephews; and beloved dogs, Missie, Bear and Peanut. David's father, Joseph B. Beard, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southside Animal Shelter.