Jerry Beard, 57, of Rudy died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1960, in Tipton, Ind. He was a self-employed carpenter and raced at Crawford County Speedway.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; two daughters, Heather and Ashley Beard, both of Alma; a son, Joey Beard of Alma; parents, Barbara and William Shelley of Rudy; a sister, Sherry Sterling of Fort Smith; two brothers, Chris Beard and Gregory Beard, both of Rudy; and eight grandchildren.

Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. No services is scheduled.