Beaty, Bill (Unknown - September 24, 1947)

FUNERAL RITES HELD FOR AIR

CRASH VICTIMS

Douglas Budget - October 2, 1947

Funeral services were held last Saturday for Jimmy Slonaker and Bill Beaty who met death Wednesday, Sept. 24, in a plane crash at Ross.

The pair left Douglas airport about 10:30 Wednesday morning to fly to Ross and the crash occurred approximately 50 minutes later as the pilot, Beaty, apparently was circling a landing strip preparing to land. the plane spun to earth from a height of 150 feet, killing Beaty instantly and fatally injuring Slonaker, who died about 2:30 p.m. at the scene of the mishap.

Rites for Slonaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.U. Slonaker, were held Saturday afternoon at the Methodist church, with Rev. A.C. Rostron officiating. The Samuel Mares American Legion Post conducted graveside ceremonies.


James Slonaker was born August 2, 1924, at Douglas. He obtained his grade and high school education here and was enrolled in Colorado. A.& M. at Fort Collins, Colo., at the time of his death. During World War II he served with the marines.

He is survived by his parents and a number of other relatives. Honorary pallbearers included several of his professors and fellow students at Colorado A.& M. His fiancee, Marion Crowley, and her parents, of Colorado Springs, Colo., were present for the ceremonies.

Pallbearers were Bill Chapman, John Dilts, Don Emery, John and Justin Werner and Frank Williams.

Bill Beaty, 53, an airplane pilot of approximately 25 years experience, had lived in Douglas for about one year, coming here from California. He was employed as an accountant for C.A. Slonaker & Son.

Rosary services were held for him last Wednesday night and his body shipped to San Diego, Calif., for interment. He is survived by a son and by his nephew, Bill Butterfield, of Douglas.

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