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Virgil A. Beard
(06-23-1933 - 04-20-2019)

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Virgil A. Beard, 85, of Elgin passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Avantara of Elgin. He was born June 23, 1933 in Elgin the son of Virgil and Lorena Herrmann Beard . He was a graduate of Hampshire High School and had been a resident of Elgin since 1956. He was employed as a fireman by the City of Elgin for over 25 years before retiring. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin and American Legion Post 57, Elgin.

Surviving are his sons, James of Elgin and Garrett (Patty) of Elgin, 3 grandchildren, Jenny Miller, Jeffrey (Melinda) Miller and Danny (Jenny) Miller, 3 great grandchildren, Manny, Cody and Hailey, and a half brother, Steve (Bonnie) Beard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Patricia O’Brien Beard on June 3, 2006.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, April 26 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin. Burial will follow at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Cemetery, Hampshire. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin with a firefighter walk through at 7:00 PM. Memorials may be given to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin or St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Grade School, Hampshire. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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