Joseph Nicholas Beatty
November 21, 1946 – July 8, 2021
Joseph Nicholas Beatty (74) Indianapolis, Indiana passed away July 8, 2021 after a valiant year-long battle with cancer.
Affectionately known as Big Joe, Papa Joe or Uncle Joe to his many friends and relatives, he was born and raised in northern California, but he soon discovered the life of a surfer was not for him. He enlisted in the US Army shortly after graduating from high school in 1966. During his military career, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, Joe earned the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. It was during one of his temporary assignments at Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis) in 1967 that his future life would be changed forever. He met, courted and married the love of his life, Deborah L. Kirkpatrick, a union that would last for 54 years. He cheerfully traded in his VW convertible and flip flops for a Ford Fiesta and a pair of work boots to become a transplanted Hoosier, a decision he would never regret.
Joe was a kind, gentle giant who loved sports from a very young age. He excelled in playing baseball in high school and on many travel teams in the Army. He carried his passion for sports throughout his life. He especially loved coaching his children’s various sports teams, including baseball, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball, and it really didn’t matter if he knew how to play the game or not, such as soccer, he thoroughly enjoyed coaching and the thrill of playing the game. He was proud to volunteer for 20+ years in coaching, his lifelong quest was to make a difference for the kids. Later in life, Joe refined his ping pong and pool shark skills to a degree that he would shamelessly take your last $20 in a matter of minutes, if you weren’t careful. He never lost his competitive spirit nor his extraordinary sense of humor.
After leaving the military, Joe worked early in his career in the trucking and distribution business as a manager for various national carriers, such as McLean’s Trucking, Yellow Freight and Campbell’s 66 Trucking. He later moved into sales management with 3M Company introducing high-end copier machines to businesses and schools across Indiana. He finished his illustrious business career this past January retiring as a Senior Regional Property Manager for Kirkpatrick Management Company (KMC) after a 25-year career with the company. During his time at KMC he was often recognized for his many contributions to the company and its clients, including winning the company’s distinguished Spirit Award for being named as the Regional Property Manager of the Year.
Joe was born November 21, 1946, to Joseph D. and Frances Beatty. He is survived by his sister Ruth Ann Barnes who lives in Sacramento California; his brother Donald P. Beatty preceded him in death. Joe is also survived by his loving wife, Debbie (Kirkpatrick) Beatty, his two sons Joseph and Jason (Alejandro) Beatty, his daughter Michelle Beatty and his granddaughter, Anya Beatty. His son Matthew Beatty preceded him in death.
The family is having a Celebration of Life in his honor on Friday, July 30th, from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Knights of Columbus (Northside Social Club) on East 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.
In Lieu of Flowers contributions can be made in his honor to: Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), 580 East Stevens Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203 https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/CYO/donate.html
Celebration of Life
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Northside Events and Social Club
Joseph Nicholas Beatty
July 21, 2021
I am Joe's youngest cousin from Cali. Most of my memories of "Butch" are when I was much younger and was the brunt of his "shrimp" jokes ~~ which I came to enjoy. I had the pleasure of meeting the adult (?) Joe when he came for his dad's funeral. The cousins got together and had a great time catching up, although Joe couldn't stop shaking his head when he looked at me. It was as if he thought I should have still been that 10-year old brat, rather than a wife and mother of twins. I look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
July 16, 2021
Joe was a happy guy and always full of fun. He DID like to watch tv. Met him in 1967 and watched him and Debbie marry. We were close friends till my husband was transferred to Atlanta but still kept in touch. Joe will always have a special place in my heart and I will dearly miss him.
July 15, 2021
Debbie & Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of visits with Joe and his kindness. Our prayers and thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead.
God bless: The Foley Family
Maureen,Trish,Corky,Kevin & Melanie,Irene & Randy Emmick
July 14, 2021
Dear Debbie and Family:. Though we haven't seen all of you for many years, the Beatty family certainly was part of many of our fond memories when we spent much time together through St. Matthew's Parish and St. Alban's baseball. Joe was always a great coach and mentor for his teams. His love for his family always beamed through. May he now find peace from his earthly ills, and may all of you find joy in your precious memories. Fondly, Maribeth Ransel
July 14, 2021
I met Joe years ago because of our interest in pool (billiards), we were opponents, then friends and team mates.. He loved life and family but he found time to play pool and a little poker. He wanted so badly to play in our monthly game last month but his health was declining so quickly he never made it. He was a fun person to be around and he will be missed and never forgotten. Joe, Rest In Peace! 🙏
July 14, 2021
I will truly miss his smile and laughter, his heart was always in the right place and he always showed his care and concern for everyone around him.
May GOD grant him eternal rest and peace and give comfort to those who loved him so very much.
July 13, 2021
Joe was a competitor especially during our quilting and prayer meetings, he knew when to hold em. He will be missed by the empty chair. RIP Joe
July 10, 2021
This comes to you with sympathy and know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family always.