Leonard Roy Beard passed quietly February 8th at Regency of Columbia Village in Boise Idaho. He was 96 years old.
Leonard began his life of service on the family ranch in Joseph, Oregon and after high school graduation he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during World War II. He was sent to Iowa for training and stayed with the Nichols family where he met Yvonne Nichols, the love of his life. Len was assigned to a rocket boat during the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day, served in all three theaters of the war. Before his last assignment, the invasion of Japan, he asked Yvonne to meet him in San Francisco and become his wife before he shipped out. They were married for 74 years until Yvonne’s death in 2016.
Leonard and Yvonne raised their three children, Jerry, Danny and Becky in Caldwell, where Len worked as a salesman for Kalbus Office supply. He spent many evenings in his garage fixing typewriters and mimeograph machines for the locale schools and businesses. “Anyone can make a sale,” he would say, "but it is the extra service that customers will remember.” Leonard helped his family and neighbors with large and small projects, and he could rebuild or fix just about anything. The family joked that a broken item just needed to be “Leonarized.”
Leonard’s second great love was the beautiful outdoors of Idaho. He and Yvonne spent much of their free time camping and traveling in their beloved motor home. He was a great fisherman and was still water skiing at the age of 70. In the winter he loved bowling and bowled on many leagues. Together with son Dan, owned Caldwell Bowl for a time.
Leonard is survived by son Dan and spouse Liya Beard of Tucson, Arizona, Daughter Becky and husband Robert Buehrig of High Ridge, Missouri, daughter-in- Law Linda Beard of Boise Idaho and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We wish to thank the staff at Regency of Columbia Village and First Choice Hospice for their gentle support and care. In lieu of flowers and cards Leonard asked family and friends to remember him fondly by passing on a kindness or service to others.