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Brian Beetem


Brian Paul Beetem Sr., age 53, of New Effington, South Dakota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

He was born on December 15, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of John Beetem and Evelyn WhiteTurtle.

Brian was a self employed painter for many years.

On June 9, 2012, Brian and Kay were married at his sister’s home this past summer.

Brian’s son was the light of his life!

Brian was an out doors person.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Brian loved hunting for the elderly. He also enjoyed taking his nieces, nephews and neighbor children fishing. Brian also was fond of horses. He was the oldest of the family and very protective of his brother and sister. He enjoyed picking wild flowers and giving them to the girls in his family.

He had a good sense of humor and when he made friends, he made life-long friends! He was a very loving and compassionate person. He especially loved dancing to Country Western muisic.

Survived by wife: Kay Beetem; a son: Brian Beetem Jr .; a brother: Robert Beetem; a sister: Jacqueline Beetem; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents and by a sister: Lisa Josephine in 1964.

Funeral services for Brian Beetem Sr. will be held on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at The Ascension Presbyterian Church in Big Coulee. Officiating will Filmore Simon, CLP and Milton “Nippy” Owen.

Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery.

All night wakes will be held on Wednesday, November 7th and Thursday, November 8th at Big Coulee District Center beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Turk White, Carlos Kitto, Moe Palmier, Dale Priece, The Phelps family, Troy Opsal, John German & family and all friends and family.

Casket Bearers will be Keith Beetem, Aaron Wozna, Cameron Charboneau, Leighton Hill, Gage White, Prescott St. John, Alternate: Berry Memmen, Bret Peterson, Mike Brewer, Franklin Keeble Jr., Nathan Hill, Les King, Farrel Phelps, Ricardo Perales, Keith Huff, Chap Maskewit, Monty Dooner and All his friends in Hankinson.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


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