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Robert Beattie '55 August 7, 2019 8:30 AM updated: August 7, 2019 8:34 AM

Funeraria del Angel & Valley Memorial Gardens obituary
3611 N Taylor Rd
Mission, TX

Robert W. Beattie Jr.
JANUARY 7, 1934 – AUGUST 5, 2019

Robert W. Beattie Jr. went to the Lord on Monday, August 5, 2019. A loving husband, devoted father, caring grandfather and great grandfather was greatly loved by his family.
Robert was born on January 7, 1934 in Hidalgo, Texas. He attended school in Hidalgo and graduated from McAllen High School in 1951. After graduation from high school Robert attended Texas A&M College, College Station and graduated in June 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and with a commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Upon graduation from College in 1955 he joined the Texas Highway Department as a Civil Engineer Assistant in Pharr, Texas. That same year he met the love of his life, Dora Thatcher. After a three-month courtship, they married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church September 14, 1956.

In November 1956, along with his new bride, he reported to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. For the next two years, Robert duties included teaching Civil Engineering courses along with officer training. Robert and Dora returned to McAllen, Texas where he completed four years of active reserve duties with the rank of Captain. He also resumed his career with Texas Highway Department at the District office in Pharr, Texas.

Two of his most satisfying projects were the design and the five-lane construction of Business US 83 through McAllen and the new four lane highway section from Mission to Sullivan City.

Robert retired in March 31, 1986 from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with the position of Administrative Engineer. Then Robert established “Beattie Engineering Service” as sole owner and also partnered with Vera Engineering and Starr Engineering Company in Starr County. One of the most rewarding experiences working in the private sector were the opportunities in design and the construction of wastewater systems which also included land development.

During his life time Robert was active in various civic groups and organizations. Texas Public Engineering Association, Club Amistad del Valle, Hebbronville Chamber of Commerce. He was a life time active parishioner and member of Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen, Texas.

After 20 years in the private sector, in March 2006 he retired with 51 years of Professional Civil Engineering Service to devote his life to his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild. For those that knew him he was a faithful “Aggie” not missing any football games. Robert is preceded in death by his parents Robert W. Beattie Sr., Josephine Rodriquez de Beattie, and two younger brothers Malecadel and Edward Beattie.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Dora Thatcher Beattie, his children one daughter, Diana Elizabeth Perez (Enrique), sons, Robert W. Beattie III (Joyce), and Morgan Beattie, daughter in law Rebecca Beattie. Grandchildren, Enrique (Ricky) Perez, Adriana (Adri) Morrison, (Stephen), Alyssa Beattie, Christopher Beattie, Sydnee Beattie, Nicole Sanchez, Michael Chapa, One Great Grandchild, Eli Morrison and waiting on the birth of another Great Grandchild Ian Morrison and one sister Josephine Peacher from College Station, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m. with a Holy Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Funeraria del Angel, 3611 N. Taylor Rd. Mission, Texas. The funeral mass will be held Thursday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m., Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, McAllen, Texas.

Grandchildren will serve as honorary Pallbearers.


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3611 North Taylor Road
Mission, Texas 78573

7:00 pm

Funeral Mass
10:30 am

1108 W Hackberry Ave
McAllen, Texas 78501

11:30 am

3605 N Taylor Rd
Mission, Texas 78572

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