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George 'Ed' Bevard

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[May 20, 2011]  CHEROKEE, Iowa -- George "Ed" Bevard, 81, of Cherokee, Iowa, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.

Visitation will be at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee, beginning at noon Friday, with the family present from 5 to 7 Friday evening.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor James Steen will officiate.

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. the following Saturday, May 28, at Roaches Chapel Cemetery, McLean, Ill.

Mr. Bevard and his wife lived for a short time in Lincoln, Ill., 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 he owned Cherokee Ford Tractor. He most recently worked for Holzhauer Motors as a car salesman.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1930, in Bloomington, Ill. His parents were George E. and Martha E. Young Bevard. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Liesman in Lincoln, Ill., on May 18, 1952.

He is survived by his wife, of Cherokee; three children, Cherie (and Dennis) Holton of Cherokee, Tom (and Connie) Bevard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Todd Bevard of Cherokee (and his special friend, Mary Costello of Muscatine, Iowa); four grandchildren, Melanie (and Todd) Benson of Overland Park, Kan., Heather (and Jason) Swarthout of Chariton, Iowa, Stasia Bevard of Natchitoches, La., and Christopher Bevard (and fiancée Ashley Ahrens) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Joe, Trey and Harper Benson, and Will, Mitch and Tatum Swarthout; a sister-in-law, Diane Liesman of Washington, D.C.; one brother, John Bevard of Mount Pulaski, Ill.; and one nephew and five nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill and Tom, and their wives, Millie and Carolyn; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Merle and Mary Liesman; a great-nephew, Jon Liesman; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold "Brownie" and Emily Liesman.

His childhood years were spent in Atlanta, Ill., where he attended school. He graduated in 1948 from Lincoln High School, 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 his dreams of playing baseball were dashed. He went on to attend Lincoln College, where he graduated with a business degree.

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.

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