OBITUARY

Raymond S. Beights MD

July 19, 1917March 12, 2013

RAYMOND S. BEIGHTS, MD, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born July 19, 1917, in Kendallville, he was a son of the late LeRoy and Mary Beights. He graduated from Kendallville High School. He received his Master's Degree in Education from Indiana University in 1941. He started his teaching career in Porter County, Ind. in 1945 after serving in World War II as a B-24 Bomber Pilot where he flew 12 missions over Europe. He was a Purple Heart recipient. After the war, he continued his teaching career here in Fort Wayne, first at Franklin Elementary School and then at North Side High School as Choral Music Director until 1955. During this time, he also directed several choruses in Fort Wayne, including Parkview Nurses Chorus and Indiana Technical College Men's Chorus. He had his own T.V. program on WKJG-TV called Leisure Time for several years where he played the organ. He also had been the organist at Zion Lutheran Church at one time and was also the organist for the Embassy Page Organ. In 1955, he entered Pre-Med School at Indiana University and graduated from there in 1960. He served his residency at Ball Memorial Hospital and then opened his family practice in Fort Wayne in 1961 where he practiced until 1971 when he and other Doctor's started Parkview Emergency Physician's Group retiring from there in 1984. He was also president of Parkview Medical Staff from 1971 to 1972. He then served as Deputy Coroner until 1992 when he was elected Allen County Coroner until 1996. He continued as deputy coroner again until he retired in 1999. He also practiced at Redi-Med from 1983 to 1990. He had also served as a Medical Doctor for North American Van Lines at one time. Dr. Beights is survived by his children, Raymond Michael (Joellen) Beights, Stephen Robert (Nancy) Beights, Anne Elizabeth (Charles) Schwersky, Bettina Louise Burns, Martha Jeanne (Dr. Stanley) Young, and Jennifer Joy (Mark) Van Cleave; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne on March 13, 2012; son, David Beights; and son-in-law, Gene Burns. Service is 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St., with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Richard Maassel officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Organ Fund; Concordia Theological Seminary Music Department; or Worship for Shut-Ins. Please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 18, 2013
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March 25, 2013

My father always spoke of his friend, your father, like a brother. I was always impressed with the diversity of his life's journey, and that he had the obvious respect of his family and professional peers. May the Lord's peace comfort you, and I will remember him as a man that was always an inspiration to those that knew him. Mark from Naples.

Jennifer Grosenbacher

March 20, 2013

Dear Family of Dr. Beights and particularly the Van Cleave family whom I know personally, please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of your dad and grandpa. He was so fun and kind. I know you will miss him dearly. God bless you all.

Edna (Hitzemann) Moore

March 20, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. God be with you all. Joellen, thank you for shoveling my parents sidewalk.

Elsie (Meiners) Whikehart

March 18, 2013

As a member of Mr. Beights' A Capella Choir (class of '50), I must say he was my very favorite teacher at North Side. He was kind and funny and very talented. My sincere condolences to the family.

March 18, 2013

As a former member of the Acappella Choir and Triple Trio, I will always remember Ray as a fine teacher, husband, father and doctor. He and Mrs Beights were present at our 50th class reunion and we were privileged to have them there.

Mike Findley(NSHS class of 1956)

March 18, 2013

Dr Beights was our family doctor for several years. A relative, Dr Hap Dragoo of Wabash was a friend of his and recommended him. He was a warm and caring man. Not many people have a career for so many years and then go on to something very different and challenging while raising a family. He has left a special legacy to many.
Jane (Peters) Armstrong Cedarburg WI

Dave & Linda Erdman

March 17, 2013

To Ray Beights and his family,
Sorry to read about your father's death. May God continue to comfort you as you mourn his death but rejoice in knowing that this is just a temporary time away from his family. Praise God that you will see him again with a new, healthy body. Our condolences to his children, grandchildren and other family members. Dave and Linda Erdman

March 17, 2013

My deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. God's peace to you and your family. Sylvia Smith

March 15, 2013

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. GOD "WHO'S WORD IS TRUTH" PROMISES US THAT WE WILL SEE OUR LOVED ONES AGAIN, MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HE IS WITH YOU NOW.

Marilyn Petrisco (Block)

March 15, 2013

I remember singing in North Side High choir in the late 1940's and enjoyed being in Mr. Beights class. My sympathy to his family.