Bill B. BeattyBill B. Beatty, age 84, left this world on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lakota, ND, after living through the depression years of the 1930’s and 40’s to enjoy a good but challenging life.
Bill was born August 15, 1928, the son of Cecil and Jessie (Langton) Beatty, on a dairy farm west of Lakota and delivered milk with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed school and the University of North Dakota. He played football for the Fighting Sioux, where he started at right guard for 3 years and was called “Tiger Beatty” as he was tough and strong. Bill raced snowmobiles for Arctic Cat Corp. in North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; and competed in the Winnipeg to St. Paul 500 mile Ironman Race, winning more than 100 trophies over his career. Bill later farmed with his father and also custom harvested with David Olderbak, harvesting in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and the Lakota area. He was a member of the Elk’s and the Mason’s. Bill married Patricia Ann (Lee) Sundeen on January 29, 1980. Bill & Patty traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Kenya, London, England, and the United Arab Emirates. He enjoyed hunting ducks, geese, upland game, and deer with his stepsons. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father and brothers. Bill often remarked “May he be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows he is dead”.