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Col. Charles E. Beard Jr.


Col. Charles E. Beard Jr. (Ret.), 96, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 28, 1922 in Middletown and was the son of the late Charles E. Sr. and Susan (Bauchmoyer) Beard.

Charles served in the US Air Force for 29 years. As a pilot, he served in World War II and both the Korean and Vietnam theaters. He flew many missions, including the dangerous resupply China, Burma, India route over the Himalayas famously known as “The Hump.” He earned many commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross in Korea for “heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial mission.” He also flew numerous missions into Vietnam, including during the Tet Offensive. He later went on to command several USAF Wing detachments. After his retirement from the Air Force, Charles was the airport manager at Harrisburg International Airport, and later worked at Stambaugh’s Air Service in Middletown.

He was a lifelong and active member of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown. He enjoyed everything Disney related, his family, and he never lost his interest in aviation.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Sharon (Baumbach) Beard; eight children, Jeffrey A. Beard and his wife Jane of Bellefonte, Pa., Daniel C. Beard and his wife MaryAnn of Harrisburg, David K. Beard and his wife Lucy of Oak Brook, Ill., Kimberly K. Lewis of Elizabethtown, Steven K. Beard and his wife Karen of York Springs, Pa., Douglas K. Beard and his wife Nancy of Middletown, Mark W. Scheetz and his wife Alicia of Elizabethtown, and Adam D. Scheetz and his wife Michelle of Middletown; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service for Charles on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.

Inurnment will take place at the St. Peter’s Kierch Memorial Garden, Middletown immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, PA 17057.

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