Roger Beatty, 89, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on July 14, 1929, in Waterloo, the son of Howard and Maxine (Fisher) Beatty.
Roger graduated from Edgewood High School in 1947, where he was a standout basketball and baseball player.
Roger was drafted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 16, 1951, and served in Korea, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was severely injured when his buddy stepped on a land mine and was killed; two others were blinded. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1952.
On Jan. 22, 1955, Roger was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Bockenstedt at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley. Two children were born to this union. The family made their home in Edgewood.
Roger worked for his father at Beatty's Feed Mill in Edgewood until they sold the business and purchased a farm near Littleport. He raised beef cattle and hogs and worked the farm until he retired.
Roger was a well-known baseball pitcher and also excelled at basketball. He loved the two sports and had great knowledge of both sports. In later years he enjoyed many hobbies such as hunting, fishing and metal detecting with friends and family.
Survivors include his son, Daniel (LeAnn) Beatty of Minnestrista, Minn.; his daughter, Jill (Rod) Kulper of Colesburg; four grandchildren, Gretchen (Mike) Johnson of Manchester, Cody (Meggan Healy) Kulper of Guttenberg, Andrea (Marty) Hahn of Edgewood and Christine (Colin) Charlson of Minnetrista, Minn.; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ramona Tinkey of Cedar Falls.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 61 years, Nancy Beatty, in 2016.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Edgewood American Legion.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
A public visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, followed by a private family service with military rites.
Inurnment will be at a later date in Edgewood Cemetery, Edgewood, Iowa.