In Memory of

George 'Ed' Bevard

January 31, 1930 - May 17, 2011
George "Ed" Bevard, the son of George E. and Martha E. (Young) Bevard, was born on January 31, 1930 in Bloomington, Illinois. His childhood years were spent in Atlanta, IL where he attended school. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 where he excelled in baseball and was offered a tryout with the Chicago White Sox. Prior to his tryout with the White Sox, Ed was severely injured in an explosion at a dry cleaning business where he worked. He spent the next 18 months in a hospital recovering from his injuries and dashing his dreams of playing baseball. Ed went on to attend Lincoln Junior College where he graduated with a business degree. On May 18, 1952, Ed was united in marriage to Marilyn Liesman in Lincoln, IL. They lived in Lincoln for a short time where he worked in sales. His sales career led him and his family to several communities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa. In 1966 they moved to Cherokee where Ed owned Cherokee Ford Tractor. He most recently worked for Holzhauer Motors as a car salesman. Ed enjoyed collecting coins, stamps, playing cards, and being active with the Republican party. He was also a passionate Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all, Ed loved being around his family and friends. On May 17, 2011, Ed passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Martha Bevard; brothers: Bill and Tom and their wives, Millie and Carolyn; Brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Mary Liesman; great nephew, Jon Liesman, and father and mother-in-law, Harold (Brownie) and Emily Liesman. Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Cherokee; children Cherie (Dennis) Holton of Cherokee, Tom (Connie) Bevard of Cedar Rapids, IA and Todd Bevard of Cherokee and his special friend, Mary Costello of Muscatine, IA. 4 grandchildren: Melanie (Todd) Benson of Overland Park, KS Heather (Jason) Swarthout of Chariton, IA, Stasia Bevard of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and Christopher Bevard and fiancé, Ashley Ahrens of Cedar Rapids, IA; 7 great-grandchildren: Jack, Joe, Trey, and Harper Benson, and Will, Mitch, and Tatum Swarthout; sister-in-law, Diane Liesman of Washington D.C., brother, John Bevard of Mt. Pulaski, IL; and one nephew and five nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor James Steen
Jason Swarthout Will Swarthout Christopher Bevard Todd Benson Jack Benson Sheila Schossow Larry Liesman Stasia Bevard
Visitation will begin at Noon on Friday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday night at the funeral home.
'On Eagle's Wings' 'The Old Rugged Cross' 'I Can Only Imagine' 'How Great Thou Art' ORGANIST- Sherry Held SOLOIST- Holly Ohlson 'Amazing Grace'
Roach's Chapel Cemetery McLean, Illinois 3:00 P.M. Saturday, May 28, 2011


Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“ sorry for your lost....i was reading the paper on line ....noticed that your fathers spirit had entered heaven....please accept my condolences....iam praying that the lord will give you strenght and help with the healing process....jill glouser”
- jill glouser
Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cheri and family, Thinking of you and your family and keeping in my prayers at this time of the loss of your dad. ”
- Brenda L. Husman
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers go out to all of you. May the story of the "Bevard Sole" in a high heel shoe live forever. Only two characters like Ed & Jim (Corken) could ever pull it off ! ”
- Steve Corken
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cherie, Denny & Family:
So sorry to hear about Ed. May your memories help comfort you at this time. You're in our thoughts & prayers. Kevin, Twyla & Family”
- Kevin E Schmillen
Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your family's loss.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you.”
- Tom & Nancy Jarratt
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cheri and Family: Thinking of you all at this time. Have you in our prayers. I always think about friends meeting friends again in the great place above. I have this poem that is about Christmas time, but it really is warming for anytime of year. Part of it talks about someone who has passed away and being in heaven at Christmas time. Here's a portion of it: ' is beyond description to hear an angel sing. I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart, but I'm not that far away, we really are not apart. So be happy for me, you know I hold you dear...I send you each a memory of my undying love...wipe away that tear...I am with my Lord this year...'. Take care and see you soon.
Love you guys!
Rick and Nancy”
- Rick and Nancy Nelson
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