Bill R. Beard, 69, Crescent City, died Nov. 2, 2000.

He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Benton, Ky.

He attended grade school and high school in Detroit, Mich. He then attended basic training for the U.S. Army and leadership school for the First Calvary Division in Fort Riley, Kan.

He did a tour of duty in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954.

A boyhood hobby of Ham radio led to a military career in communications.

During the 1964 flood and tsunami in Crescent City, he and other members of the Del Norte Amateur Radio Club handled more than 3,600 emergency messages for the Red Cross.

He worked at Duttons Sawmill, Torgerson Ford and Buckners Automart. He entered law enforcement in 1968 as a deputy for the Del Norte County Sheriffs Department and advanced to sergeant in 1974.

He attended the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Va., in 1976 and again advanced to the undersheriffs position in 1978.

Mr. Beard retired in 1981 and then operated a small shooting supply store with his wife Mary.

He joined the Masons in 1980 and achieved the 32nd Degree and Scottish Rite. He belonged to the Foot Printers, North Coast Gun Owners Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Survivors are his wife Mary Beard, Crescent City; sons and daughters-in-law William and Lisa Beard; Rick and Tracy Pittman; son Randy Pittman; daughters and sons-in-law Dot and Rocky Schneider; Laurie and Herman King; daughter Debbie Pittman.

Also surviving are eight granddaughters, eight grandsons, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at Wiers Mortuary Chapel, 408 G St., Crescent City.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Foursquare Gospel Church at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Butte Street.

Interment will follow the services at the Del Norte County Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wiers Mortuary Chapel in Crescent City.