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Service Information
Ascension Presbyterian Church in Big Coulee
Friday, November 9, 2012
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Big Coulee District Center
Weds. 11/6 & Thurs. 11/7
Beginning at 7:00 P.M.

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

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dan & Rhonda Leveille

    Kay and Family,
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Brian was such a dynamic individual, there was no one like him. He and I were able to share friendship in these last months, and I know he is at peace. He called me to say he had accepted the LORD. I know in my heart he is in heaven with his Mom, Dad, Grandma Beetem, and Lisa. As well as so many others who loved him. Although this time is difficult and sad, remain strong in the LORD and he will see us through.

  2. Buddy Wilcox

    To the Beetem family; I am very sorry for your loss. Brian was a friend from our teen years here in Rapid City. We had a lot of good times and laughs together. It has been quite some time since I have seen or spoken with Brian, so now I guess I will see you on the other side old friend. R.I.P. Brother Brian

  3. John Beetem

    I still can’t believe your gone, Brian. You were always full of life no matter what. I have a lot of memories of you and with you growing up. I know you’re in a good place now with your Mom and Dad and Grandma. Watch over all of us Brian and I will see you on the other side…and Brian, you can drink out of my soda anytime you want. I miss you cousin.

  4. Tammy Goodwin

    Rest in peace, Brian. It was a joy to have known you through the years and I still fondly chuckle when I think of you dancing. Sheer joy and abandonment. I know you’re in Heaven and in the arms of your relatives. Godspeed my friend.

  5. Charlene Phelps

    I will miss you, my cousin, and will always keep your memeories close to my heart. You were our protector and would do anything for your family. Please know that I was proud to be your cousin and will cherish our times we spent growing up together. Now you sit amongst our relatives. You will be greatly missed.

  6. Julie Beetem-Kroger

    RIP Brian. I will always remember your laugh and the way you teased me whenever I saw you. Tell Grandma and Uncle Jack we miss them when you see them. You were taken way too early from us. We love and miss you. I was lucky to have you as my cousin.

  7. Tom & Rita Beetem

    Oh Brian, how you will be missed. Never to hear your laughing voice calling us uncle and auntie. Never to see your smiling face when you stopped to visit, always asking how the kids were.
    R.I.P. Brian until we meet on the other side. Love you,
    Uncle Tom & Auntie Rita Beetem

  8. Randy Haibeck

    To the Beetem Family; Sorry I couldn’t be there. Bob and Jackie, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure there were plenty of friends and family to celebrate Brian’s life on this Earth and he is now in a better place. I’ve also known Brian since the teen years. Rest in Peace Brian, you’ll be missed…

  9. Connie Johnson

    Bob and Jackie, I am very sorry for your loss. I recently heard the heart breaking news. Brian was a great guy and I have wonderful memories of him. He was a pretty crazy guy. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with you, and to comfort all those who love him, his wife and his family. My prayers are with you.
    A friend, Connie


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