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Thomas Beatty, ’87

Thomas Beatty, ’87

Posted on 31 October 2016 by editor

56829fc7d637e-imageThomas Beatty ’87 died Sept. 5 in Illinois after a battle with cancer. He was the director of the New Life Corrections Ministry, which is a jail and prison outreach and is based in Aurora, Ill. In addition, Beatty founded the Norfolk (Neb.) Rescue Mission in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he also founded a mission in Columbus, Neb. And in 2004 he helped open a mission in Gordon, Neb., because “he felt God calling him to Gordon to help minister to residents there and Native Americans living on a nearby reservation in South Dakota where alcoholism was rampant.”

Among Beatty’s survivors are his wife, Laurie, and a stepson, the Rev. Justin Fisher, who works at the Norfolk Rescue Mission.

“It is hard to sum up everything in a few words,” Fisher said. “If it wasn’t for him, there would be no Norfolk Rescue Mission or the Columbus Rescue Mission. I have been there (Norfolk) now 11 years and none of it would be there. He left quite an impact wherever he went, Nebraska or Illinois.”

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