Charles Beatty, 87, Lyndon: Dec. 5, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2019

LYNDON, Kan. – Charles Beatty, 87, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born on Dec. 5, 1931, in Lyndon, the son of David Carl and Vesta Burkdoll Beatty.

Charles had lived most of his life in Lyndon, except for two years in Lawton, Okla. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1951, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 at Ft. Sill. On June 6, 1953, Charles was married to Viola Mickelson, in Garnett, Kan.

Charles was an auctioneer from 1959 to 2013, co-founding Beatty-Wischropp Auctions in 1967. For many years, he ran horse auctions in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He owned Beatty Western Wear in Lyndon for 33 years. For several years, he raised paint horses. He was a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association, serving several years as director, vice president and then president in 1999, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. He was a member of the Lyndon Saddle Club and served several terms as president. He also served two years as president of the Kansas State Horse Show Circuit.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, David Carl and Vesta; two brothers, Noble Beatty and Clayton Beatty; and three sisters, Ferne Beal, Hazel Christesen and Marguerite Gray.

Charles is survived by his wife, Viola, of 65 years; three sons, David Ray (Connie) Beatty, of Lodi, Calif., Russell Jay (Robin) Beatty, Emporia, Kan., and Edwin Charles Beatty, Lyndon; his sister, Virginia Kersten, Lyndon; and two grandsons.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Lyndon United Methodist Church, 126 W. Eighth St., Lyndon. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, at the Feltner Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Auctioneers Association for scholarships, Lyndon Saddle Club, or Lyndon United Methodist Church, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at

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