August T. Beard 1932-2014

Posted on July 2nd in Obituaries

OBIT Beard webAugust T. Beard, 81, passed away June 30 at his home in Burns.

August was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Precinct 6, Childers County, Texas.

He was only 4 years old when his family left the dust bowls of Texas, during the Great Depression, and came to Oregon looking for work. Raised in Central Oregon, he started working on a ranch in Lower Bridge, for Pridey Holmes, at the age of 14. Pridey was amazed at how well he worked and what a good cowboy he made. Oh, the stories he told of rounding up the cattle up toward Sisters and working on the ranch.

When he was old enough, he enlisted in the Army, and served during the Korean War. After his time in the military, the open range called his name, so he went back to work for Pridey. Eventually, he went to work for Jack Robinson Construction in Redmond, where he stayed until retirement in 1988.

He met and married his first wife, Veralee, in 1968. Sadly, she passed on in 1988. In 1992, he met his second wife, Mary Fisher. They married in 1993 and had 21 wonderful years together.

“Augie” loved to work with his hands. He made many children happy by making wooden toys for them. He also loved to carve and has some beautiful carvings to show for his talent. The many excavation toys he made were very intricate, with working parts and pieces. The details were fabulous.

He loved to hunt and fish. He taught more than one youth how to track a wounded animal, or passed down his skills with a rod and reel. He was quite the outdoorsman. He loved the woods, camping, and walking the desert. He was a real “man’s man.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Beard; brother, Jerry Beard; and sister, Edith Roebuck. He is also survived by many stepchildren, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


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