Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at the Earnest -- Johnson Funeral Home of Marcus. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. There will also be on hour of visitation at the church prior to the Memorial Service on Saturday. The Earnest -- Johnson Funeral Home of Marcus is assisting Charles' family with arrangements. Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.
Charles Norvid Beaton was born May 15, 1930 to George and Mabel (Anderson) Beaton. Chuck was raised on his parent's farm south of Marcus, and graduated from Marcus High School in 1948.
On Dec. 7, 1950 his plans for being a farmer were dashed when he developed polio. Chuck was admitted to St. Joseph's hospital in Sioux City, and placed in an iron lung. Once he was dismissed from the hospital, he was taken to The Sheltering Arms, an extended Care facility, in Minnesota. He remained there for nine months.
After final dismissal, he returned to Marcus and worked for Marcus Oil before attending A & M Tech in Oklahoma for accounting, graduating in December of 1953. While there he played wheelchair basketball.
Charles married Eleanor McIntire on July 10, 1954. They made their home in Sioux City, where he worked for a transport company as a bookkeeper. He continued to play on a wheelchair basketball team while in Sioux City.
Chuck and Eleanor moved back to Marcus in 1957, where he began working at the Farmers Elevator. He remained there until 1983. While at the elevator, he filled the roles of bookkeeper and manager. Once leaving Farmers Elevator, he worked for Cargill in Des Moines, as a grain broker until his retirement, due to health issues.
After his brothers relocated to Arizona, Chuck took up the vigil of helping with his mother. She ultimately became a part of the family household, until her death.
Chuck's involvement in the Marcus community was evidenced by his membership in the Grace Methodist Church, where he acted as treasure for several years, and he was the first president of the Marcus Jaycee's. He also followed his children's endeavors closely, be it sports, or music.
Chuck and Eleanor retired to Arizona in 1991. He became more involved with wood carving and enjoyed this until the Post Polio Syndrome further weakened his hands.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and two brothers.
Chuck is survived and remembered fondly by his wife Eleanor Beaton, of Phoenix Ariz.; children Marcia of Glendale, Ariz., Steven (Bonnie) of Spencer, Lance (Dawn) of Peoria, Ariz., and Sue, of Des Moines; he had eight grandchildren, Courtney, Kelly, Justin, Stephanie, Emily, Mariah, Christina and Cody. He also had seven great-grandchildren.