Rollin Beard

Thursday, March 21, 2024 4:50 pm

Rollin Edward Beard of Cresco passed away in his home on March 1, 2024.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1954 to Frank and Laura (Bershee) Beard. He grew up on a farm just outside of Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Decorah High School. Following high school, Rollin attended NIACC for two years and started working. He owned his own auto body shop, and although he did not continue that as a lifelong career, he did enjoy doing various projects in his spare time. He also worked full time for Camcar, then Featherlite Trailers until retirement.

Rollin worked so that he could enjoy life, always joking that he didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. In his younger years he wrestled for Decorah High School, and played guitar in a band. He loved spending time with his family and his friends, and whenever possible he loved that time to also include a motorcycle and a race track. He also enjoyed traveling, bicycling, reading and music; and especially loved good weather and an open road to take his motorcycle everywhere he could.

While generally quiet and reserved, he had a wicked sense of humor and loved cracking a joke and playing hide and go seek with a good friend which included finding fun hiding spots for a wooden sheep at each other’s homes.

Rollin is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Laura (Bershee) Beard; his brother, Brian Beard; and two close friends, Ron Ramsey and Craig Sailor.

He is deeply loved, missed and survived by his children, Kent (Tina) Beard and Sarah Aberle; his grandchildren, Tian Beard and Skye, Emma, Ewan and Liam Aberle; brothers Jay (Marilyn) Beard, Ben (Mary) Beard, and Rob (Jodi) Beard; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins; and many close friends who he considered to be family.

A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

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