VeteranW. Frank Beaird

W. Frank Beaird, 79, of Lewistown died at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Prairie View Care Center in Lewistown.

He was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Bernadotte, a son of Frank and Rose Ella Hoyle Beaird. He married Charolette Welker on Jan. 14, 1948, in Cuba. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Gary of Lewistown; one stepdaughter, JoAnne (and Franklin) Hess of St. David; two sisters, Velma Atherton of Lewistown and Marge Lindsay of Havana; one brother, Donald of Vermont; two grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert "Cork" Beaird; two stepsons; and one stepgrandson.

He was a World War II Army veteran and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6408 in Havana and Harold C. Hoopes American Legion Post 17 in Ipava.

A member of United Auto Workers Local 974 in Peoria, he worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years, retiring in 1984.

He also was a member of Moose Lodge 784 in Canton.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Lewistown, where a funeral mass was held Tuesday with Rev. James Fedosuk officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, where military rites were accorded by his VFW and American Legion posts. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church or the Lewistown Fire and Rescue Squad.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/5/2003

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