David E. Beatty
David E Beatty, 89, of Springfield, IL registered his final flight plan on March 2, 2018 to complete his whole life’s ambition. His life was one immersed in his faith and love of Christ, but also his 68 years of marriage to his wife Wilma. They blessed this world with three children, Bill (wife Debbie) Beatty, Kevin (wife Mardana) Beatty, and Sheryl (husband Joe) Geisler, who preceded him in her call home in July. Most commonly known as Grandpa Beatty, his continued joy was in his Granddaughter Katie Geisler; and Grandsons: Philip (Erin) Krupps, Kevin Beatty, Jr., Seth Geisler, Adam (Tanya) Beatty, Aaron (Heather) Beatty, Mark (Shelbi) Beatty, Jason Beatty, Bryan (Ashley) Beatty, and Jonathan Beatty. Those Grandchildren were blessed to have that same love and awe for Grandpa Beatty as Great Grandfather to nine of their own.
A long and remarkable career as a Professional and Innovator allowed him to photograph or video many of the best of the Community over his 73 year career as a Photographer, but also some of the most iconic figures of America. A Master of Photography degree was far from distinguishing his pedigree in the portfolio of his life’s work from President Harry Truman as a young photographer for the State Journal register, to Bob Hope at the old Holiday Inn East, the late Billie Graham, even some of his work was published in Life Magazine or to Capital Airport for his iconic aeronautical profile shots with the likes of Mario Andretti. The latter tying in his other passion, flight, as a staple of life. After serving our nation in the Korean War, and in Heidleberg, Germany he found his time in the air provided the peace and opportunity for his family to travel often in his Cessna’s over the years, and ending his flight career with his completely rebuilt 1946 Aeronca Champ.
A consummate believer in living his faith through service as a Gideon, Christian Businessmen, and as a member of Our Saviors but most clearly as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He witnessed to Christ’s love in his work but even more in his actions, with a constant expectation to find and bring out the best in people. A true and distinguished gentlemen his impact on his Family and Community will be forever remembered with as every great photographer’s request, a SMILE.
Visitation: 3-5:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Funeral Service: 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Aaron Hauser & Dr. Wayne Hoffman officiating. Military honors will be conducted following services.
A private burial will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Gideon’s, Washington Street Mission or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.