Aug 282013

Raymond R. Beard Jr., 85, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home in White Mountain Lake. Private services were held by the family.
He was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Antofagasta, Chile, to his American parents, Raymond R. Beard Sr. and Guenn Muriel Houck Beard.
Ray proudly served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II on the destroyer the U.S.S. Beatty. After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Arizona with a business degree. Ray used his business acumen to open and successfully run an office supply store in Tempe. He enjoyed hiking, the outdoors, gardening, bird watching, woodworking and spent many happy hours with his beloved pets.
Survivors include his three daughters, Meredith L. Beard, D.V.M., of Show Low, Pamela G. Swafford (Ken) of Lakeside and Christine D. Wilson (Jim) of Flagstaff; and four grandchildren, Katrina A. Beard, Brittni L. Swafford, Kendall S. Swafford and Elizabeth M. Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 51 years, Gene Ann Dickson Beard; and their son, Ruskin Scott Beard.
Donations may be made to Hospice Compassus or the Humane Society of the White Mountains in Lakeside.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.Beard,Raymond