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Kenneth Beard


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Kenneth Beard Obituary

Kenneth Virgil Beard, 62, of Archer, passed away on May 15, 2018, at home from a brain tumor.

Ken was born Oct. 26, 1955, to Virgil and Dorlene Burgener Beard in Driggs. He was raised in Teton Valley and has lived most of the last 32 years in Archer. He also lived briefly in Wilford and Ogden, Utah.

Ken married Sonia Boyle on Dec. 7, 1979, in Victor, and they were blessed with four children.

Ken attended schools in Tetonia and Driggs and graduated as valedictorian of Teton High School in 1974. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and worked as a mechanical engineer and land surveyor. He worked at the Idaho National Laboratory for 26 years and had worked at Applied Engineering Services since his retirement.

Ken was an active member of the LDS Church. He was called out of inactivity by an inspired bishop to be ward executive secretary in 1982 and took his wife and boys to the Idaho Falls Temple on Oct. 8, 1982, to be sealed as an eternal family. He served in many callings, including counselor in the bishopric, ward clerk, high councilor, elders' quorum president, high priest group leader, Scout leader and family history consultant.

Ken will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his willingness to minister to others, his sense of humor, his love of the mountains, his love of music and his brilliant mind.

Ken is survived by his wife, Sonia, of Archer; children: Justin (Vanessa) Beard, of Salem; Matt (Jennifer) Beard, of Rigby; Melissa (Robert) Rose, of Lyman; and Amanda (Wayne) Nelson, of Taylor, Utah; parents, Virgil and Dorlene Beard, of Darby; siblings, Jenny (Gary) Smith, of Idaho Falls, Becky (Jeff) Muench, of Salem, and Randy (Pam) Beard, of Lyman; and 16 grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Archer LDS Chapel, 201 West 8000 South in Rexburg. A viewing will be held Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St., in Rigby, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in Cache Clawson Cemetery in Tetonia. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register from May 16 to May 17, 2018
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