Deceased April 26, 2016, Kirkwood, Missouri.
Beard, Colonel (Ret.) Barry W. Passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 68 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Beloved husband of 47 years to Barbara Beard (nee Boyd); loving father of Kristen (Steve) MacDonald and Penelope (Michael) Calawa; dear brother of Bruce (Nonie) Beard; loving grandfather of Boyd MacDonald; Hannah, Nicole and Ellis Calawa; dear son-in-law of Jane Macklin; caring Uncle and dear son of the late Robert and Lucille Beard. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and a M.S in Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla, he followed his love for flying with a USAF/ANG career of 35 years. During his military career, he held several leadership positions with the Illinois Air National Guard including Wing Commander of the 183rd Fighter Wing flying F-16s and the 182nd Airlift Wing flying C-130s. He started his career piloting F-4s in the Air Force, flying 192 missions in Vietnam and earning two distinguish flying crosses. His passions were his family, his dogs, traveling, beer making, wood working, riding his bike, growing jalapenos and being a Docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. Services: Visitation, Sunday, May 1st from 2-5 p.m. at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO. Funeral service with full military honors and flyby at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Monday, May 2nd at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Best Friends Animal Society at: www.Bestfriends.org. Published on ObitTree.com.