Donald Levant "Don" Beaver Sr., 83, Bellwood, met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and was reunited with his dear wife, Becky, at 7 a.m. on Sunday, due to complications from a head injury he received in a fall in October 2012.
He was born in Huntingdon, son of the late Ralph Henry and Ethel Mae (Beck) Beaver.
Donald married Rebecca Ennis (Lee) on Sept. 1, 1950, in Winchester, Va. She preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2008.
Don is survived by a son, Donny, and wife, Pam, of Bellwood; a daughter, Cyndee Simpson and husband, Bob, of Bellmeade; grandsons: Josh (Annie) Beaver of Fostoria and Troy Beaver of Pittsburgh; as well as great-grandsons: Julien and Brennan Beaver; and a sister, Vonnie Edwards, of Williamsburg, Va.
After a brief period of working for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Don began a career in banking, beginning as a teller at First National of Bellwood, and in 1953, he advanced to Executive Vice President of Operations for both Mid-State and Keystone Banks before retiring in 1992. He was a pioneering sales representative in the early stages of the mutual funds industry for Pennsylvania Funds Corporation, where he remained active for more than 50 years.
Don, with his longtime friend and business partner, J. Perry Haupt, owned and operated a number of enterprises in the 1960s and 1970s, including a chain of Sakmar's 5- and 10-cent stores in Bellwood, Juniata, Houtzdale, Roaring Spring, Curwensville, Williamsburg and Tyrone. Along with Jim Young, they also co-founded Alaskaland Restaurants in Altoona and Harrisburg in the early 1970s.
He was a 1947 graduate of Huntingdon High School and served as a personnel Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. He was also a graduate of the Mellon Bank Concentrated Course in Banking and the Philadelphia National Bank Business Development Course.
He served as a mentor to many young people in the banking industry throughout his career. He also served in leadership positions on boards of many community and nonprofit organizations, including a deacon at Olivet Baptist Church; President of Altoona Enterprises; President of the Bellwood-Antis School Board; co-founder of, and coach in the Bellwood-Antis Little League baseball; President of Sinking Valley Country Club; and Vice Chairman of the Community Chest (United Way).
In retirement, he enjoyed switching from Brooks Brothers bankers' suits, wing-tips and a Cadillac to bib overalls, a wide-brimmed hat, a riding mower and a pickup truck.
Don was an avid fan of Bellwood-Antis and Juniata College sports and was a fixture at practices and games alike. He was also an Altoona Curve fan and a season ticket holder from the team's inception through the 2012 season. He also loved to fish and hunt and passed that passion on to his kids and grandkids.
If you look in the dictionary for the word "punctual," you'll likely see Don's photo.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the J.C. Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the Hillside Community Church, 508 South Cambria Street, Bellwood, with Paster Kenneth Beichler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the "Pap Beaver" Bellwood-Antis Basketball Award Program, c/o the Athletic Director, Bellwood-Antis High School, Martin Street, Bellwood, PA 16617.