Howard Lyle Beaird, 85 of Chillicothe, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Life Care Center of Carrollton, Mo.

Howard was the fourth son of Arley Eli Beaird and Gertrude Harris Beaird and was born in rural Livingston County near Wheeling, Mo., on Jan. 30, 1927. On March 31, 1951 Howard married Betty Jo Dawkins at her mother's home in Chillicothe. They were married 61 years and she survives of the home.

He was a graduate of Wheeling High School.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Germany during World War II. He served from Nov. 1945 through Sept. 1948.

Howard was a farmer and business man in Livingston and Linn Counties. He owned and operated the Skelly Truck Stops in Brookfield, Mo. He was also formerly a car salesman and police dispatcher of Brookfield.

He was a member of the Wheeling Baptist Church, Moila Shrine, VFW, and both the Chillicothe and Brookfield Eagles and Elks.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jo of the home; son, William Lyle Beaird, Independence, Mo.; daughters, Nancy Jo Parks (John), Chillicothe, Mo., and Linda Carol Chittum (Robert), Willard, Mo.; six grandchildren, Betsy Lee (Don), Willard, Mo., Melissa Heil (Steve), Springfield, Mo., Bryan Chittum, Willard, Mo., Katie Dodd, Chicago, Ill., Amy Dodd and Zachary Parks, Chillicothe, Mo.; eight great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tilman, and Alynn Heil, Springfield, Mo., Shelly Chittum, Rebekah and Cameron Lee, Willard, Mo., Ivy Chittum and Easton Chittum, Willard; a brother Cleo Beaird, Blue Springs, Mo.; nieces and nephews.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Leland and Lloyd Beaird; nephew Lee E. Beaird Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe Mo. There will be a private family burial. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday.

The family requests memorials be made to Stephen Heil to help with Alynn Heil's medical bills for the treatment of a brain tumor and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.