DECEMBER 8, 1941 – JULY 18, 2022
Ronald Keith Beard, of Nacogdoches, Texas passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at the age of 80. Ronald was born on December 8, 1941 in Bossier City, Louisiana to Lawrence C. Beard and Evvie Saunders Beard. Ronald was the fourth of seven children. He married his wife Ann on April 6, 1962 in Seoul, Korea. Ronald was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served his country with honor in the US Army from 1958–1978. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Joint Service Commendation, Good Conduct, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, National Defense Service, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He later worked for Brown & Root Industrial Services.
Ronald is preceded in death by his son, Doyle Allen Beard; his parents; brothers, Weyman Beard, Charles Beard and Robert Beard; and sister, Martha Jean Mills. He is survived by his wife, Ann Beard of Nacogdoches, Texas; brother, James Beard and wife Margaret of Benton, Louisiana; and sister Dorothy Libertore of Spring, Texas. Ronald is also survived by two children, Suzanne Valenta and husband Kenneth Valenta of Kaufman, Texas; and Vince Beard and wife Angela of Nacogdoches, Texas; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Committal Service with military honors will be held Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 1:15 PM at DFW National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas. Flowers can be sent to Cason Monk–Metcalf Funeral Directors, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com for the Beard family.