Ralph E. Beard

July 3, 1929April 18, 2019

Ralph Beard, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019. Born on July 3, 1929 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Vern L. and Pearl M. Beard. Ralph never knew a stranger and the most important thing in his life was taking care of his wife, Mary (deceased) and family. He enjoyed a long and very successful career in the insurance industry. He is survived by his daughters, Susan (Charlie) Schoone and Patricia (Randy) Harter; Son, David (Jaci) Beard; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and his cat, Holly. The family wishes to thank Visiting Nurse Hospice, especially Sarah and Allison for their loving care. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11am with calling one hour prior from 10am-11am at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Calling will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be directed to Visiting Nurse Hospice. To sign the online guest book, visit


  • Visiting Nurse Hospice


  • Calling Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Ralph E. Beard

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Norman Collar

April 20, 2019

Our condolences to the Beard family
It's a small world ,as Ralph was my parents milkman ,then my life agent with Miland ins
Thanks Ralph as I became an agent also.
Norman & Linda Collar

Kim Kovacs

April 20, 2019

We have lived next to Ralph and Mary for about fourteen years. We have always enjoyed living next to them. Ralph was always quick with a smile and a laugh. He was so generous and kind. We were lucky to have such a great neighbor. Interestingly, he was my father in law’s insurance agent. He hadn’t seen my FIL in many, many years. Ralph immediately knew his name and asked about his family. He was that kind of man. Genuine all around. We lost a wonderful friend, but so happy he is together with Mary again.

Grace Reed

April 20, 2019

To all of the Beard Family So sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one! There never seems to be a right time! God be with each of you now and always! Blessings Grace Reed