On Monday, September 2, 2013, John (Jack) R. Beattie died peacefully after a courageous four-year battle with sarcoma cancer. Jack was born on April 13, 1937, to Frank and Mabel (Duenn) Beattie in Amberg, Wis.
Jack attended Amberg School and lived the majority of his life in Amberg except from 1960 to 1962 when he was drafted in the United States Army and served in West Germany guarding the Berlin Wall. While in the Army he earned several accommodations including being the top of his class in marksmanship and sharpshooting. After his discharge, the call of the Northwoods brought him back to the Amberg where he resumed his career in logging. The last 25 years of his career he drove logging trucks for Carl Schroeder Jr. Co. Jack had many interests. He loved stock car racing from being in the pits to watching his favorite NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt win many races. Jack's favorite hobby was deer hunting. Very few could compete with his shooting skills or the number of trophy bucks he took down throughout his hunting career. His love of the sport was passed on to many generations. The last two years he proudly watched as his two grandsons experienced their first seasons hunting. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and step grandchildren taking them on 'crazy drives' in the 'rice burner', teaching them how to build a proper fire, and watching them run and play as they explored 'the forty' that he loved so much. He also enjoyed doing special things with his granddaughter, Ella, who he called 'the little queen'. Jack was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, and friend and will be dearly missed.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Carolei (Paul) Fontecchio of Green Bay; three grandchildren: Luke, Gabriel and Ella Fontecchio; step-daughter, Trina Hoskins; step-grandchildren: Kariana Solomon and Khordel Solomon; four sisters: Jean Ylvisaker, Karen Mathias, Dorothy Whitaker and Debra Edwards; further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Francis "Bud" Beattie and Robert Beattie; five sisters: Marilyn Midtbo, Mary Jane Axcell, Joan Mattison, Sandra Carter and Marian Espy; and a special friend, Paula Hoskins Anderson.
Funeral Service for Jack will be Noon on Friday, September 6, 2013, at Messar-Roubal Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.
Burial will be at the Amberg Cemetery with full military honors.
Online Condolences may be expressed at www.messarfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family is asking for contributions to go towards The Jack Beattie Memorial Fund which is set up at any Bank North location to honor Jack's memory. Scholarship funds will be set up for hunter safety courses, and donations will also be made to the local shooting range, and other funds will be used to honor his memory.
Messar-Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.