Obituary of Mark Miller Beard
MMark beard, age 72, of Glen Mills, PA. , passed peacefully in the presence of his family. Born in Thermopolis, Wyoming January 28, 1951, Mark was the son of Vernon and Margaret Beard. His family moved to New Cumberland, Pa. where Mark attended Cedar Cliff High School before going to Penn State University where he earned his BS in Biology. Upon graduation, he worked for the geologic survey department for the state of Pennsylvania specializing in water control of the mines in northern Pennsylvania. He published several articles relating to this issue. In 1978, he met the love of his life Nancy Wick , his wife of 44 years. Together they owned and operated Wick's ski and Sport Shop, in Exton, PA. Mark enjoyed mentoring the young employees at the store and watching them mature. Mark was especially proud of his beautiful family, Seth ( Margarita), Ryan ( Carolyn) and Tara( Brandon) and his six grandchildren ,Evan, Alex, Sydney, Brodie, Grayson, and Kayla., sisters Jen Klein, and Amy Ansel (Ross), sisters in law Mary wick and Blanche Wick and his extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mark was a true outdoors man. Earning the rank of Eagle scout and Order of the Arrow, he used lessons learned in scouting to continue his skiing , camping , canoeing and scuba diving adventures with friends and family his entire LIFE. He loved nature, foraging, and all animals, especially birds. Peacocks among his favorites as well as multiple Buffys and Shyla, his golden retriever companion. He was a well read man who worked with his hands. He enjoyed a challenge, and he thrived in creating solutions to construction problems and building on Stoney Bank Farm. He was an expert at crafting furniture from home grown trees, building bird houses, and forging copper flowers.
Mark was a great person and a true role model for how to treat people. His motto was "doing the right thing is always the way to go."
During his lifetime he contributed so much to this world and the lives he touched. He joked and laughed. A man with a loving and tender heart, He will truly be missed.
Services are private. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.paganofuneralhome.com.