Gary Lee Beard, 72, of Payson, died Aug. 25 in Payson. He was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Royal Oak, Mich.
Mr. Beard married Barbara April 29, 1978 in Huntington Park, Calif. He retired from the Santa Fe Railroad in San Bernadino, Calif. in 1991 after 29 years of service. He played steel guitar in several local bands.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Beard of Payson; a son, Mark Beard of Calif.; a step-daughter, Jackie Hickerson of Payson; sister-in-law, Jerri (and Chuck) Longenbaugh of Payson; a brother, Ronald (and Nellie) Beard of Bloomfield, Ill.; five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews in Payson and California.
He was preceded in death by his step-son, Winston B. Knight, and his nephew, Marshall Sandhurst.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero, Payson, Ariz.
Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 2929 S. 48th St., Tempe, AZ 85282.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.