Leonard Orville Beatty

Leonard Orville Beatty, age 87 of Kirksville, Missouri passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020.

Leonard was born March 31, 1933 in Rocky, Oklahoma to John and Ilene (Murphy) Beatty. At age 10 the family moved to Green City, MO, where he attended and graduated High School in 1951. While in high school, he played in the band, chorus; excelled in sports especially basketball (where he was captain of the team his senior year) and loved playing baseball.

After graduation from high school, he moved to Davenport, IA where he worked for Alcoa for four years.

On October 1, 1955 he married Myrna Bunch and on October 1, 2019 they were married 64 years. They are the parents of three daughters, Leslie Baker (Jerry) of Smithville, MO, Cindy Harper (Marty) of Hartsburg, MO and Andrea Davidson (Ken) of Bainbridge, GA. They have nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren and two on the way.

Leonard graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, IL. He worked at Motorola in Chicago before returning to Kirksville. He was employed at Beets Appliance, King Appliance and Sears (for 29 years).

Leonard and Myrna raised their girls in Kirksville, where he enjoyed attending their activities and coaching girls summer recreational softball.

Leonard loved raising Brittany puppies and showing them at the NEMO Fair where he won many trophies. Leonard also loved to hunt quail and deer, especially with his sons-in-law. He had two Missouri Big Buck trophies. Leonard loved his farm and working with his cattle. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Leonard joined the United Methodist Church in Davenport, IA. After moving to Kirksville, he transferred his membership the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville. He was active in his church, ushering on Sunday morning, driving the church bus and driving the children to many activities, including Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.

A private family service will be held. Interment will be in Park View Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home; www.davisplaylehudsonrimer.com