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January 7, 2013

Joseph S. Beard

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Joseph S. Beard, 87, a resident of 22526 Lakeview Drive, Cambridge Springs, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center. Born in Glen Ridge, N.J., on Sept. 29, 1925, Joseph was a son of the late Emerson M. Beard and Viola Schultz Beard.

Joseph served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Force, Beach Battalion, during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operation as a hospital corpsman first class. Returning to the United States, Joseph received training for officers by attending the following educational institutes: Princeton University, Bates College, Dartmouth College and Penn State University. He obtained a commission as an ensign USNR at the completion of his course. After the war, he received his bachelor of science degree from Penn State University in 1949 and a master of science degree in agronomy in 1950. While working on his advanced degree, he was an agronomy lab instructor. After graduation, he worked as a soil scientist for six years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service which covered 27 counties in western Pennsylvania. For almost 20 years, he operated County Line Farms, north of Cambridge Springs, as a dairy farmer. In 1966, he was hired by Penn State University to work as county agent for Crawford County. In December 1989, he retired from the extension and worked as a consultant for Brubaker Agronomics Services of Ephrata. He did this for five years serving farmers in Crawford County.

Joseph was a life alumnus of Penn State University, the State and National Association of Agricultural Agents and Epsilon Sigma Phi. In addition, he was a member of the Erie Sons of the American Revolution; Cambridge Springs Rotary Club; Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association; Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council; National Dairy Shrine; Crawford County Agriculture Hall of fame; and Hayfield Grange. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agents. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Drakes Mills. He served for many years on the Cambridge Springs Zoning Hearing Board and did volunteer income tax assistance at the Meadville Community Center for 14 years under the American Association of Retired Persons.

Joseph enjoyed family activities, wood working, gardening, traveling and working on genealogy.

Survivors include his wife of nine years, the former Barbara Porter, whom he married July 13, 2003; a daughter, Karin Fischer and her husband, Del, of Cambridge Springs; a granddaughter, Brita Rizzo and her husband, Mark, and a great-grandson, Carter Rizzo, all of Ocoee, Fla.; a sister, Betsy Lundy of Long Meadow, Mass.; a son-in-law, James Flick and his wife, Cindy, and their children, Blake and Haley; and a daughter-in-law, Carrie Erickson of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Brigitte U. Beard, on May 25, 1999; two brothers, Dr. William J. Beard, and Emerson M. Beard Jr. and his wife, Margaret; a sister-in-law, Karin Howard; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Howard.

Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral services at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Drakes Mills on Friday morning at 11. The Rev. Brian Riddle, pastor of the church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorials be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 25812 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403; American Cancer Society, Crawford Unit, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335-2975; American Heart Association, 823 Filmore, Erie, Pa. 16505; or the Cambridge Springs Public Library, 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403. To send condolences, please visit

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