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Burrell “Bud” Beatty

Birth Date: July 20, 1929
Death Date: October 23, 2017

Burrell “Bud” Boston Beatty, Jr.,88, of Decatur, passed away Monday October 23, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Bud was born July 20, 1929, in Springfield, IL to Burrell Boston and Effie (Pallow) Beatty, Sr. He married Sharon Wilson on November 11, 1962, in Decatur. Bud worked for AM Multigraphics his entire career while also serving in the Army National Guard. He was a retired Colonel in the Illinois National Guard and served as Commandant of the Military Academy in Springfield. He was a member of MOAA, the Lions Club, and the Decatur Gun Club. He loved golfing, hunting, traveling, skeet shooting, but most of all, spending time with his grandchildren, his family and his dog, Lily.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon; his daughter, Kelly (David) Gasior of Johnsburg, IL; his four grandchildren, Lindsey, Julia, Sophie and Andrew; and his step-brother, Morris Jolly of El Paso, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one beloved son, Burrell “Trey” Boston Beatty III.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Bud Beatty will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project PO BOX 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.
The family of Burrell Boston Beatty is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Funeral Service
October 27, 2017
2:00 pm
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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October 27, 2017
1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I served under Colonel Beatty while he was Commandant of the Illinois Military Academy. In a career that spanned 36 years I never work for, or with a finer soldier or man. God bless him and his family, and may he rest in piece. "Another old soldier going home".

  2. Bud is truly a very special kind and loving man. I met him years ago through the Lion's club. Although I did not see him often over the last few years, he had a way of making me feel very loved and appreciated every time he was around. Sorry, I can not be present for his memorial, but my thoughts are with you. Your memories will always keep him near to your heart. Thinking of you. Ellen Hearn

  3. I worked at "Multi" in Chicago and knew Bud very well. Very sorry for your loss, you and the family are in my prayers. May God bless you!
    Curt McCallister

  4. Sharon, Terry and I send our sincere condolences. We are out of town and unable to attend the service but do have you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love and Blessings

  5. Sharon….I am so sorry to hear of Bud's passing.
    Praying for God to give you peace and comfort during these difficult times and days ahead.
    I didn't know Bud well, but he seemed like a very loving and caring husband.
    Let us know if we can ever do anything for you.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Rita and David Rupert

  6. It’s been several years since I’ve seen Bud, however, he remains vivid in my memory. A good, caring soldier in every respect, and always maintained a great sense of humor.

  7. Our hearts and prayers go out to your entire family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    With Our Love,

    The Volden Family

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