Gary W. Beard

October 19, 2019

Gary W. Beard, 70, of Frankfort, died October 19, 2019 at home, unexpectedly.  He was born August 19, 1949 in Frankfort, Ind. to the late Kenneth D. & Nadine (Edmonds) Beard.  He married Patti L. Palmore on September 23, 1978 in Frankfort and she survives.

Gary was a 1968 graduate of Frankfort High School and attended Ball State University.  He was a lifelong Frankfort resident.  He was employed with Hinshaw Roofing for 30 years and retired from there.  He was recently attending the Jefferson United Methodist Church.  Gary enjoyed music, was a bass player for The Medicine Man Band and had played in various bands since he was 15.

Visitation and Services

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Victory Chapel, 196 Lewis Smith Road, Frankfort. No visitation is planned.  Memorial donations may made to Victory Chapel.  Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort is assisting the family with arrangement.  Please visit, where you may share a personal message with the family

Survived by:

wife, Patti L. Beard of Frankfort, daughter, Kelly (Andrew) Kennedy of Kokomo, son,  Patrick Rhiley Beard of Frankfort, sister, Linda (Donald) Nace of Mesa, AZ, brother:,  Greg (Teri) Beard of Frisco, TX and grandson,  Myles Kennedy. 


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59 Condolences for “Gary W. Beard”

  1. Kris Shepherd October 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Patti, I’m so sorry for your loss. I miss seeing you anyway, but I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You have my sincere sympathy & condolences.

  2. Susie Plunkitt October 20, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Patti, so sorry for you & your family. I know that Dad would wish to be here to speak with you personally, so I send you words of condolence. It was nice to see you recently. Hang in there. Susie

  3. Tina Cottrell October 20, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Patti.. I’m so sorry for you loss. Prayers!!

  4. Vicki Pitts October 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    So very sorry to hear Patti. Sending prayers of peace your way.

  5. Diana Lemen October 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Prayers for you and your family Patti. So sorry to hear of your loss.

  6. Margy Brehmer October 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I graduated from high school with Gary although I have not seen him for many years. I always though of him as a kind gentle soul. So very sorry for your loss.

  7. Linda Benge October 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can’t even imagine. Always thought a lot of Gary and still do of all of you, know we are praying. Thank You Father God for sending Your Comforter through Jesus to this family. AMEN.

  8. Erilda & Ron Coleman October 21, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Dear Patti & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Sending prayers of strength & comfort for the days ahead. Know he will be missed deeply. God Bless

  9. Gregory Finch October 21, 2019 at 7:02 am

    My sincere condolences and prayers to Patti and family.

  10. Connie Blubaugh October 21, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Gary. We had so much fun as kids and loved picking on him when he came to the YMCA. My prayers are with you Patti.

  11. Phil and Gloria Crum October 21, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Sincere sympathies to all of Gary’s family. May you have beautiful memories.

  12. Darlene & Dave Stock October 21, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Patti, prayers to you and your family! So sorry for your loss. Hugs.

  13. Jeff Cathy Hurless October 21, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Patti, you are in our prayers. He was such a wonderful and awesome person.

  14. Cindi Swope Cole October 21, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Patti, I’m so very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. Saying prayers for you and your family.

  15. Paula (Davis) Perkins October 21, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Gary was a classmate of mine (Class of 1968). Prayers to your family.

  16. Sherry Vanlandingham October 21, 2019 at 10:21 am

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.

  17. Marshall Miner October 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

    So sorry for your loss… Gary was a special person and gone way to soon…

  18. Megan L Hoyer October 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the whole family. Love you!

  19. Carol Jane Hankins Brown October 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I know you don’t really know me, and I never met your husband, but I pray God will comfort you in this time of saying good bye

  20. Kathy Laird October 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gary passing. We were neighbors on Hoke Ave when we were kids.. Being older I use to baby sit Gary, Linda and Greg.
    Prayers for your family. Kathy (Armstrong) Laird

  21. Howard and Paula Becker October 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    May the entire Beard family be comforted by the embrace of loved ones, dear friends and fond memories of Gary.

    Our thoughts and prayers,

  22. Donna Terpstra Brower October 21, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Patti, So sorry for your loss. I’m deeply saddened by Gary’s passing and send you and your family my prayers and wishes for peace and healing.

  23. Carol D. Hamilton October 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Patti, We are so sorry of hearing about Gary’s passing. You are in our thoughts. Kevin and Carol Hamilton

  24. Kelly Stokes October 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    When my mom died, I loved coming to her obit page in the days that followed. So many people left such kind words, thoughts and prayers. I hope you and your family find this comforting as well. Gary Beard! Over the 40 years that I knew him he was a one or a kind. He was 10 years older than me and I thought he was a cool cat. Rocking the bass and singing at the top of his lungs. So much stage energy. I’m thankful to have had the privilege of seeing him jam so many times. He had a great sense of playlists to keep the people up dancing. Them were the days…

  25. Rick Arion October 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    God bless you Gary and to Patti and your family. Living in Texas now. It has been years since I have seen or spoke to you. I always enjoyed working with you. But, even more, I enjoyed your character, company and that old blue van. Blessed to know you and the heavens are buzzing with your arrival. Please give my Dad a hug when you see him.

  26. Karen & Larry Beard October 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Patti, so very sorry. Prayers

  27. Jerry Stowers October 21, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Patti and family, so sorry for your loss! I’ve often thought of Gary and Freddie thru the years! I believe he was a good man! Again so sorry for your loss!

  28. Patricia Chester October 22, 2019 at 1:56 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I remember being at the Eagles as a child listening to him play music during the cake walks. Fun memories

  29. Brad & Sue Stockberger October 22, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Prayers to the family during this very hard time..

  30. Deb Gunyon October 22, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Hi Patti. I am sorry for your loss. I send you my thoughts and prayers at this tough time in your life. May you find peace soon. Many blessings to you and your family.

  31. Joyce Weida October 22, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Patti and family, I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

  32. Walnut Street Family Dentistry October 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Patty, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know, my staff and I, have you and your family in our prayers. Dr. Eriks

  33. Jenny Foster October 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing, he was a great guy! My heart hurts for Patti, Kelly and Patrick and the rest of the family. Prayers, love and hugs

  34. Connie (Crane) Lengacher October 22, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you…

  35. Charlie Compton October 22, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    The Lord will lead him the way

    • Kelly Kennedy October 23, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Thank you Charlie! We are sending love to you!
      -Patti, Kelly and Patrick

  36. Christina (Danner) Brown October 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Linda, so sorry for the loss of your Brother. May you and your family find peace through prayer.

  37. Nancy Obermiller Werner October 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Patti, Sorry for your loss, prayers for you and the family.

  38. Jackie (Meiers) Funk October 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Patti, I was saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. My heart goes out to you. Although I haven’t seen Gary in along time, I remember him as being a delightful and kind soul. May the love of your family and friends help you through this most difficult time. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

  39. Pam (Bell) Brown October 23, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Patti and family, I’m so sorry to hear this , Gary was a real nice guy and always made me laugh. Soar high Gary.

  40. Eric Meiers October 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Patty so sorry for your loss I remember Gary going to the hospital with me he was my comfort at that time. 70 years is a short time but we were all blessed with knowing him in that short while and will cherish it. All thoughts to you in your time of need.

  41. Dianne Golder October 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Patti sending prayers for you and your family.

  42. Wayne and Katy Lock October 23, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Patti. So sorry to see of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  43. Christie and Dan DeCraene October 23, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Patti and Patrick, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Gary had plans to drive you crazy for many more years but God wanted him more. Please know you are in our prayers.

  44. Linda Michael October 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Patty, Kelly and Patrick I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  45. Jim Emery October 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Patti, sorry to here about your loss. Gary was a good friend for many years. I live in Florida, been here 15 years.

    • Kelly Kennedy October 23, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Jim! We are saddened, but hanging in there. Thanks for leaving a message.
      Patti and Pat

  46. Joellen (Saltsman) Carnes October 24, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Was in Gary’s class in high school, he was always a kind soul. Praying your great sorrow will gradually turn to your many memories and love for going on. May God be with you.

  47. Diane Niemann October 24, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Just saw Gary in at gillmans a couple of weeks ago. I graduated with him in 68. So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to all.

  48. Kevin Pippenger October 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Patti, I am so sorry for your loss it breaks my heart to think about what you are going through, I know that its going to be tough but put your faith in the lord and he will guide you through. Patti I know that you have many,many friends but if there is anything that I could do for you or the family please don’t hesitate to ask. Gary was a great guy, God bless.

  49. Steve & Connie Crabtree October 25, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Gary will be missed by all of us that were blessed to have known him. He loved his music and we enjoyed seeing him perform.He will be playing with the band in heaven. RIP Gary

  50. Kim Cochran October 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Patti, so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  51. Tom & Jean Warren October 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm


    We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  52. Sherry Copenhaver October 28, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Kelly, Patti and Patrick, my heart and sympathies are with all of you. I never knew your Dad but forever heard good things about him. I have recently lost my Dad and my Mother a few years before him. The hurt hasn’t gone away, but the wonderful memories remind me in different ways on different days how much they meant and how much I love them. The good memories will lift you up too. Love and hugs.

  53. Donnie Vaughn October 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Patti, Kelly, Andy, Patrick, and family,
    I was so sad to hear the news of Gary’s passing. I’m sending thoughts and prayers for all of you. I have so many great memories while having the privilege of sharing the stage with Gary. And the special times rehearsing in the basement. He was not only my band mate, but a true friend. Always honest, and always a professional. Charisma, and an infectious smile,fun loving, and caring always. Rest in peace my brother, until we meet again!

  54. Cheri Smith-Kaylor November 1, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Patti and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I watched Gary play so many times and he always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

  55. Susan Gibson November 1, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    May your find peace, and your hearts filled with love. Susan Perkins Gibson

  56. Ron & Sheree Fortinberry November 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Sheree and I always enjoyed spending some time with Gary. I met Gary in grade school and we struck up a friendship that endured the ages. Though we did not see each other often, when we got together we always picked up right where we left off. We will miss his congeniality and infectious smile. RIP our friend. Our sincere condolences to his family. We have lost one of the good guys.

  57. Doug November 4, 2020 at 4:52 pm


    So sorry, you both were a big part of my life. Gary was someone I looked up to all my life. Prayers and thoughts.

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