April 14, 1918 - March
Miles Griffith Beard died March 23,
2006, in Mishawaka at Fountainview Place,
where he had resided since January 2005.
He was 87.
Born April 14, 1918, in Indianapolis
to the late George Irvin and Bernice
(Griffith) Beard, Mr. Beard grew up on
South Bend's Kinyon Street with his
younger brothers, Max and Bruce (both
deceased). Mr. Beard graduated from South
Bend Central High School in 1936 and
attended University of Chicago before
joining the military in 1940. He served
in the Philippines as a master sergeant
in the U.S. Army until 1945, commanding
troops in Manila. On November 19, 1949,
in South Bend, he married Elizabeth Ann
Smith née Doyle.
Mr. Beard worked at UniRoyal for 30
years before retiring. He was a member of
URW Local #65 and for many years a member
of the Northern Indiana Philatelic
Society. Over his life, he enjoyed stamp
collecting, fishing, gardening, working
on his cars, and having a good beer. From
1949 until 2004, he lived on Palau Avenue
in the Normain Heights neighborhood of
Mishawaka. He lost his brothers in 1988
Mr. Beard had a massive stroke in
early 1999. The stroke left him brain
Mr. Beard's wife survives.
Additionally, Mr. Beard is survived by a
daughter and three sons: Alice Marie
(Bethesda, MD), Jesse "Jes"
(Chattanooga, TN), Dale Lester (believed
to be in South Korea), and Rex (Carmel,
IN); and he is survived by six [*see
(Josh, Sabrina, Kate, Lora, Alex, and
Sarah), three nieces (Mary Frances, Fern
Marie, and Laura Lea), three nephews
(Tom, John, and Robb), and a
sister-in-law (Naomi). Also surviving are
two stepdaughters, daughters of his wife
from her first marriage.
Mr. Beard's final resting place is St.
Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN.
Interred near his burial site are the
mortal remains of his parents, his
brother Max, and his sister-in-law Mabel.
His daughter has written about his
life at this internet site:
Prayers for the repose of his immortal
soul are welcome. Bubb's Funeral Home
South Bend Tribune site]