Alonzo Buel Beatty III (AKA Lon)
Lon Beatty died on February 21, 2019 and was received into the arms of Jesus, his Savior and Risen Lord, freeing him from sin, Satan and eternal death…and giving him a crown of Eternal Life.
Lon was born in Richmond, MI on March 12, 1933 and became a child of God on his day of Baptism, April 16, 1933.
When Lon was 8 years old he sat on the steps of his home and watched the funeral procession of his grandfather go by. He thought then that he might become a funeral director someday.
In High School he was involved with football, being Captain of the team the year a Championship was won. He was also a member of “The Hungry Five” Quintet that sang for different organizational activities, being fed after they sang. During these years he helped at a local Funeral Home and at his cousin’s funeral home in Detroit.
After attending Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, he graduated with his degree in Mortuary Science in 1954. The next year he entered the military, serving in Germany in the Army of Occupation with the 54th Helicopter Detachment. He was recipient of a Sharpshooter award during his army service. After an honorable discharge in 1957 he continued to work in the funeral business in MI.
1961 was the year Lon moved to St Joseph, MI, where he and a partner purchased interest in the Kerlikowske Funeral Home, changing the name to Kerlikowske Starks and Beatty Funeral Home. It was at a funeral where he met his wife-to-be, Ruth Elaine Pollex, the assistant organist and teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in St Joseph, MI. They were married at that church on June 30, 1962.
It was 1965 when the family, with two daughters now, left St Joseph and moved to Royal Oak, MI where Lon was a Trade Embalmer for several years, working for large funeral homes in the area. During those years another daughter and two sons became additional blessings to the family.
Time passed quickly when in 1970 Lon purchased the Ashley Funeral Home in Hazel Park, MI. The young family of 7 moved in as residents above the funeral home. This was truly a “family” business until 1973.
A career change was offered to Lon in 1973. He was accepted as a licensee when McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada was opening offers to start franchising their stores. For the young Beatty family this move to Canada became an exciting adventure. Chatham, Ontario was the location of his very busy restaurant, and soon Lon was offered one also in Leamington, Ontario. The whole family grew up during those 17 years which were lots of fun and very blessed. Their home church was Our Saviour’s Lutheran. He was a very active member, as he was in other previous churches that were home to him, serving as Youth Director, Elder and member of the building committee for the new church building in Chatham. During these years, also, he was a Member of the Corporation during the formatives years of the building of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St Catharines, Ontario. Following this position he felt very honored to be elected as a member of the Board of Regents for the Seminary.
1989 was the year of retirement with a move south to the vacation destination state of Arizona where the sun always shines. Christ Church – Lutheran, Phoenix became his church home. Here he enjoyed
many opportunities to serve a Lord he dearly loved. Deacon, Communion Assistant, Choir, Welcome Booth, Active Adult Ministry Board, Kitchen Help for Celebrate Recovery were some of the many ways he served.
Lon cherished all who survived him: his beloved wife Ruth Elaine Pollex of 56 years, daughter Christine Adams of Phoenix, AZ; Deborah Desat of Kingsford, MI; Elayna Beatty (husband Michael Kelley) of West Wyoming, PA; Alonzo Buel Beatty IV (wife Julia Ruehs Beatty) of Peoria, AZ; Dr Timothy Buel Beatty (wife Dr Jennifer Foess Beatty) of Johns Island, SC; six grandchildren, and sister Nedra Waun of Downer’s Grove, IL. He was preceded in death by Alonzo Buel Beatty III (his father), Mabel Martha Matilda Matthews (his mother), two brothers, a sister, a daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Interment with military honors will be held at The Arizona Veterans’ Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ with a Graduation Memorial Service at Christ Church – Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ.
Lon is now blessed to be with his Risen Savior and will continue to be remembered with love by family and friends.
Memorials may be given to Christ Church – Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ for Celebrate Recovery