August T. Beard

Born: Tue., Aug. 9, 1932
Died: Mon., Jun. 30, 2014

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jul. 02, 2014
Location: Redmond Cemetery

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August T. Beard was born August 9, 1932 in Precinct 6, Childers County Texas.  He passed away in a peaceful slumber, June 30th at 5a.m., at his home in Burns, Oregon.

    He was only 4 years old when his family left the dust bowls of Texas, during the great depression and came to Oregon looking for work.  Raised in Central Oregon, he started working on a ranch in Lower Bridge, for Pridey Holmes at the age of 14.  Pridey was amazed at how well he worked and what a good cowboy he made.  Oh the stories he told of rounding up the cattle up toward Sisters, Or. and working on the ranch.

    When he was old enough, he enlisted into the Army, and served during the Korean War.  After his time in the military, the open range called his name, so he went back to work for Pridey.  He went to work eventually for Jack Robinson Construction, in Redmond, Or., where he stayed until retirement in 1988. He met and married his first wife Veralee in 1968, who sadly passed on in 1988.    In 1992 he met his second wife Mary Fisher, they married in 1993 and had 21 wonderful years together.

    Augie loved to work with his hands.  He made many children happy by making wooden toys for them.  He loved to carve also, and has some beautiful carvings to show for his talent.  The many excavation toys he made were very intricate with working parts and pieces, the details were fabulous.

    He loved to hunt and fish.  He has taught more than one of us how to track a wounded animal, or passed down his skills with a rod and real.  He was quite the outdoorsmen. He loved the woods, camping, and walking the desert.  He was a real man’s man.  
    But most of all he loved my Mom.  He would give her anything if she wanted it.  He was so gentle with her; they spent many evenings talking about their lives together, and of their memories before they met. Now he suffered from dementia, so it was difficult talking to him lately.  Mostly, we would do a lot of nodding, and just go along with a word or two, just to keep him talking to us. One of the last coherent sentences he said was about a week ago, he turned to look at Momma and said, “I love you the mostest!”   I think in the back of his mind, he knew his time was near.

    He is survived by his wife Mary L. Beard, his brother Jerry Beard & sister Edith Roebuck.  He also has many step children and grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces, we all will miss him dearly.  

    A special thank you goes out to his step daughter Judy DeWitt for stepping up to the plate and providing him with the gentle love and care in his time of need.  

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Redmond Cemetery.

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