Ronald D. Beaty of Columbus, Kan., died Friday, June 15, 2007, at his home. He was 73.

Mr. Beaty was born May 25, 1934, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Amer and Dorothy (Schermann) Beaty. He grew up in the Bluejacket and Welch areas and moved north of Columbus at the age of 12. He finished grade school in Columbus and graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in Columbus in 1952. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.

He worked at the BF Goodrich Rubber plant for 33 years. Retiring when the plant moved from Miami in 1986. He managed and coached baseball teams from farm club through Babe Ruth. He taught several EMT classes at the Ambulance Station, where he was a volunteer for the Cherokee County Ambulance Services in Columbus. He started a plane rental business in Miami that is still in operation. He was a charter member of the Calvery Baptist Church in Columbus.

He married Gladys Stinson on July 11, 1952, in Columbus. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include two sons and their spouses, Fred and Barbara and Mike and Johnna, all of Columbus; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Melvin.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson Funeral Home in Columbus with pastor Dennis Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the park cemetery of Columbus.

The family will receive friends from 7to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.