Ronald Frederick Beatus passed away on Saturday, April 17th in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ron was born October 15, 1963 to Henry and the late Sophie Beatus. Ron was one of 12 children and grew up on the Koyukuk River.
Ron attended high school in Tanana and graduated in 1982. During his time in Tanana, he stayed with the family of the late Pauline Swenson.
In the last few years, Ron had been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease. Despite this, he stayed strong and was determined to not be in the hospital. Instead, he lived with his dear friends Fred and Laura Mayo. There, he was able to live the life that he wanted.
Ron was always there for family and friends. He was a great hunting partner and fishing friend. Prior to his sickness, he would often accompany the Mayo’s to the Yukon River where they would fish and hunt. And, when he wasn’t on the Yukon, he would return to Hughes on the Koyukuk River, where he would provide for our family. His best friends would often invite him out to go hunting on the Tanana River and all over the interior. They knew that Uncle Ron would be the biggest help and could rely on his subsistence skills. He was truly at his best out in the woods or on the river.
He was a loving Uncle that took pride in his family. Last year, while he was on oxygen, he showed his nephew Ray how to cut-up a moose head. He was also a patient babysitter too. He would help take care of his nephews; there is a picture of where he is skinning a beaver, and his great nephew Henry is curiously watching. Uncle Ron just let him be. Uncle Ron could also be relied upon to help with construction projects and as a mechanic. Again, his friends would reach out to him for a helping hand and he would always help.
Ron is survived by his father Henry Beatus, siblings, Almira, Elena, Gerald (Jean), Hazel (Dave), Cynthia and Ryan (Gina); sister-in-law Barbara Beatus; nieces and nephews, Joyce, Tanya, Jessica, Cherise, Amanda, Patricia, Kylee, Michelle, Maggie, Raymond, and Jade. And great-nieces and nephews: Shoshanna, Christian, Abraham, Skye, Norman, Holly, Alex, Royce, Beatrix, Yvonnee, Dominic, Ramsey, Kitty, Dylan Jr., Henry, Natasha, Annabelle and Gabriel.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Sophie Beatus; siblings: Norman, Ruth, Hank, Ray, and Sandi; brother-in-law John and nephew Jordan Beatus.
Burial services will be held in Hughes on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
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