Yes, I have an obituary for the father.William M. Beard died 29 Sept 1905 in Wesley, Will, IL, and the brief obituary (really just a notice) I have is labeled as being in "The Advocate" of 6 Oct 1905.(I don't know which township that paper was published in.)
It reads:"The funeral of William M. Beard, who died of general debility at his home in Wesley Friday last aged 80 years, occurred at the late home of the deceased Sunday afternoon.Interment in the Wesley Cemetary."
Too bad it doesn't list his survivors.I also have a copy of the 1880 Wesley census entry for William and Sarah Beard in my records and it shows a 29-year-old John L. Beard still living at home, so I assume he married May Taylor after this (or was widowed young??).