Chuck Beaty

MikeBoyette

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Just wanted to let everyone know Chuck passed away this morning at 2am. He was moved to hospice from the hospital and passed two hours later. He was. 93 years old and had been in bad shape health wise. My heart is broken because of my injury and inability to do much other than lay in bed I was unable to see him or say goodbye. He taught me so much I will miss his life lessons. His ability to dumb down his explanations of complicated subjects so that even I could understand was amazing. He also used to help me with my homework. His vast knowledge of many subjects was amazing. I miss all the meals and conversations we had when I was a teenager. He and my dad were two bachelors raising me for a few years when we lived on his property. Honestly looking back it would have made a funny sitcom. I knew him most of my life but really got close to him the two years we lived on his property. He was book smart as anyone you would ever know. He was also common sense smart. I used to call him the red neck Einstein. I have many lessons he taught me but , of all the life lessons I remember the most and dad and I just had good laugh about was when he decided to teach me how to make yeast bread from scratch. They were the very best rolls I have ever had. The mess I made was epic. I wish we had pictures because it looked like a flour bomb went off in our kitchen and I looked like a skinny Pillsbury doughboy. He,dad,and I laughed about that for a long time. He thought it was funny until I decided to try to get him with the flour. Told me kid you better not even think of doing that. He always called me kid even into my 50’s. He actually called me Mike the last time I saw him. I regret not going to all the lunches dad invited me to go to and I just didn’t have the time. Damn I didn’t know how bad this was gonna hurt. The gyro world lost one of the most influential pioneers today. I lost the one person that I adopted as my uncle and mentor at 14 and lost at 51 years old. He would not want me to cry like I am right now. I will miss his quirkiness. His dry sense of humor and all of his stories. I used to sit and just listen to him and dad talk for hours. He gave me the chance at the age of 18 to spend an entire week with Dr. Bensen as he recommended me to be his driver while he was our guest at what I believe was Dr.B’s last Bensen Days. That was a pain when I was 18, but now is one of the highlights of my life. There are so many stories I could tell but I will save those for the book I have planned. I have met many a man in my life but none as smart as my Uncle Chuck Beaty. I will miss him I know all on here that knew him will as well. I’m just glad he’s not in pain anymore. I don’t think I ever told you but I love you sir. RIP Chuck.
 
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BEN S

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He is flying again!
My condolences to you all, I never got to meet him.
 

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Sorry to hear this. People had been concerned at his absence from the Forum. He was a font of knowledge, of practical experience, and of great help and advice to so many of us on this Forum.

Condolences to family, all who knew him, liked him, and will miss him.

Go well CB.
 

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Thank you Mike for passing down to all of us about the passing of Chuck. My deepest condolences and prayers to you, his family, and to all who are deeply affected over his passing.

I too have learned much from Chuck's written words of wisdom on this forum. He definitely was one-of-a-kind and surely will be missed by all of us.

Wayne
 

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Thank you for posting this Mike.

God rest his immortal soul, Chuck Beatty was one of the good ones, and there so few left.

I loved you, honored and respected you with all my heart, you will be sorely missed Mr. Beatty.
 
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Just wanted to let everyone know Chuck passed away this morning at 2am. He was moved to hospice from the hospital and passed two hours later. He was. 93 years old and had been in bad shape health wise. My heart is broken because of my injury and inability to do much other than lay in bed I was unable to see him or say goodbye. He taught me so much I will miss his life lessons. His ability to dumb down his explanations of complicated subjects so that even I could understand was amazing. He also used to help me with my homework. His vast knowledge of many subjects was amazing. I miss all the meals and conversations we had when I was a teenager. He and my dad were two bachelors raising me for a few years when we lived on his property. Honestly looking back it would have made a funny sitcom. I knew him most of my life but really got close to him the two years we lived on his property. He was book smart as anyone you would ever know. He was also common sense smart. I used to call him the red neck Einstein. I have many lessons he taught me but , of all the life lessons I remember the most and dad and I just had good laugh about was when he decided to teach me how to make yeast bread from scratch. They were the very best rolls I have ever had. The mess I made was epic. I wish we had pictures because it looked like a flour bomb went off in our kitchen and I looked like a skinny Pillsbury doughboy. He,dad,and I laughed about that for a long time. He thought it was funny until I decided to try to get him with the flour. Told me kid you better not even think of doing that. He always called me kid even into my 50’s. He actually called me Mike the last time I saw him. I regret not going to all the lunches dad invited me to go to and I just didn’t have the time. Damn I didn’t know how bad this was gonna hurt. The gyro world lost one of the most influential pioneers today. I lost the one person that I adopted as my uncle and mentor at 14 and lost at 51 years old. He would not want me to cry like I am right now. I will miss his quirkiness. His dry sense of humor and all of his stories. I used to sit and just listen to him and dad talk for hours. He gave me the chance at the age of 18 to spend an entire week with Dr. Bensen as he recommended me to be his driver while he was our guest at what I believe was Dr.B’s last Bensen Days. That was a pain when I was 18, but now is one of the highlights of my life. There are so many stories I could tell but I will save those for the book I have planned. I have met many a man in my life but none as smart as my Uncle Chuck Beaty. I will miss him I know all on here that knew him will as well. I’m just glad he’s not in pain anymore. I don’t think I ever told you but I love you sir. RIP Chuck.
So sorry for your loss, my sincerest condolences , MAY HE REST IN PEACE !
 

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So sad to hear about Chuck, I didn't know him and only had a few brief messages from him but what he said had a big effect. I was so grateful for those few messages right near the end of his life.
 

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R I P Chuck,
A wealth of information, The few pointers he shared with me had a huge effect on my latest project, thanks also Chuck for the parts you generously sent.

wolfy
 

cesphil

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Very sorry to hear this.

I have known Chuck since 1972 and I would probably not have flown a gyrocopter if not for Chuck. He was a great help to many of us in the early days of gyrocopters when everybody had to build his own gyrocopter and teach himself to fly it as two place machines did not exist back then.

RIP Chuck. It has been my good fortune to have had you as a friend.
 

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Very sad to hear this news.
It is a great loss for all of us
 

Mike G

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I add my regrets to the others. Chuck was unique, his ability to find simple examples to demonstrate complex problems was truly outstanding.
I was very lucky to have had dinner with him when was in Florida just before Covid. A memorable evening.
Mike Goodrich
 

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He'll have all the other angels fitted with horizontal stabs shortly.

But seriously, he never left any of my many questions unanswered, over 25+ years, and we will miss his presence.
 
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