Harry O. Beatty
Harry O. Beatty, 80, of Eau Claire died Wednesday morning at Grove Manor Personal Care Center in Grove City after an illness.
Born in Eau Claire, Aug. 2, 1923, he was the son of Joseph M. and Velma Kinder Beatty.
After graduating from Eau Claire High School, he attended Grove City College for two years before being drafted into World War II. He was inducted into the Army on Feb. 13, 1943, served with the Eighth Infantry Division and was at the initial Battle of Normandy. Following the Normandy invasion, he continued with the Eighth Infantry through Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. Discharged on Oct. 26, 1945, as a technical sergeant, he had earned the European-Asian-Middle Eastern Service Medal, four Bronze Stars and the American Theater Medal.
Mr. Beatty was Protestant.
Following the death of his father in 1957, he became owner and operator of J.M. Beatty Grocery and Merchandise in Eau Claire until his retirement Jan. 1, 1983. He then lived in Brigantine, N.J., from 1983 through 1994. While in New Jersey, he worked in the various resorts of Atlantic City as a host and tour guide. He enjoyed traveling and dining in fine restaurants in the United States and abroad.
Surviving are a brother and a sister, Cecil Beatty and Jean Magill, both of Eau Claire; and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers, Josephine Beatty Hunter, James M. Beatty Sr. and F. Merle Beatty.
BEATTY - Friends of Harry O. Beatty, who died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Eau Claire. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ken. Hall, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Burial will be at Eau Claire Cemetery.