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Benjamin Louis Beaird

Canton – Benjamin Louis Beaird, 70, of Canton, passed away at 11:28 PM on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. He was born on October 28, 1950 in Canton, IL to Bennie Lee and Josephine (Sepich) Beaird. He married Debra Beaird, she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Ben (Skylar Mueller) Beaird of Des Moines, IA, and Lora (Nathaniel) Fones of Carlinville, IL; five grandchildren, Randon Kruzan, Samantha, Ella, Miranda Hillebrand-Sepich, and Jonathan Hillebrand; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Stephen (Mary) Beaird of Cuba, IL; four sisters, Patti (Bill) Riley of Wee-Ma-Tuk, IL, Susan (Tom) Mahrt of Cape Coral, FL, Jane (Robin Bessler) Manock of Canton, IL, and Paula (Mike) Monari of Farmington, IL.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Damon Sepich, and one sister, Mary Beaird.

Ben was a bartender at Josie’s Tap from 1981-2006 and later worked at Caterpillar. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society or Donor’s Choice. To leave an online condolence you may go to


  • Danie Wheeler

    Reply April 13, 2021 9:46 pm

    Benji always gave us Wall Flower kids a place to be ourselves. I never seen him turn any child away. My heart goes out to his children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

  • Diane Schrodt

    Reply April 14, 2021 9:40 am

    I will remember my neighbor as a kind and thoughtful man. Although we didn’t solve many problems of the world together, we did enjoy a chat across Linn Street and a wave when outside. I especially remember his act of compassion when my husband died and he used his leaf blower to clean the sidewalk. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Rhonda Weers

    Reply April 14, 2021 9:54 am

    tom and I are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers, hugs and love to the family

  • Reba S Ford

    Reply April 14, 2021 12:54 pm

    My sincerest condolences to Benji’s family and friends. I have many fond memories of him from our softball team gatherings at Josie B’s back in the day. He always greeted us with a smile and tolerated our antics well, sometimes even participating in our hi-jinx. He was a good guy who will be missed by many.

  • Deb Kohl

    Reply April 14, 2021 2:36 pm

    Worked with Benji at Caterpillar. Lived close to him would stop and chat always asked about people we both knew. I hadn’t seen his truck for awhile was going to stop ask.him how he was.
    He always kept his yard in tip top shape . Will miss his smile.

  • Marc Cook & Cheryl Cook

    Reply April 14, 2021 7:45 pm

    Our condolences to the family and freinds.

  • Marilyn L Aden

    Reply April 15, 2021 8:48 pm

    Benji was an integral part of our group back in the ’70’s’. He lived less than a block away. Tall, slender, long haired handsome dude in bell bottoms. We had some great times. He had a belt that I was particularly found of. He ended up giving it to me! I will always remember Benji with fondness. He was a great guy. In later years his sister Sue and I became close friends. We still keep in touch. My deepest sympathies go out to the Beaird family.

  • Karen (Roudebush) Johnson

    Reply April 15, 2021 8:49 pm

    Jane & Sue. I’m sorry to hear of Benji passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Connie McElroy

    Reply April 17, 2021 1:29 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Benji’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to all the family, God Bless you all!!

  • Josh & Julie Kline

    Reply April 17, 2021 5:49 pm

    Benji we are going to miss you more then words can say my friend. You were the most amazing neighbor and friend. Life is never gonna be the same with you gone. Gonna miss all of our driveway gossip sessions and front porch beer meetings. Until we meet again you will always be in our hearts and minds

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