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Eldon "Red" Beukelman

1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Eldon "Red" Beukelman Obituary
Eldon "Red" Beukelman

Madison, SD - Eldon "Red" Beukelman, age 77, died at Havasu Region Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, AZ on January 17, 2013.

He was born on May 16, 1935 at Corsica, SD to Abe and Gertrude (Mulder) Beukelman. He married Irma VerSteeg at Orange City, IA on September 3, 1954.

He is survived by his wife - Irma of Madison. Four sons - Scott (Marcia) of Marshall, MN, Stephen (Patricia) of Sioux Falls, Jim (Lorna) of Maple Grove, MN and Jerry (Wendy) of Crested Butte, CO. Two daughters - Sandi (Greg) Peterson of Waconia, MN and Sheryl (Scott) Muckey of Corsica. 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. One sister - Joyce (Leon) Wrage of Brookings, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother - Ron.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the United Methodist Church with Rev Ryan Mutzenberger officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Madison, SD.

He grew up in Corsica graduating from Corsica High School. He attended Northwestern College in Orange City and Augustana College in Sioux Falls before going to work as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance in Sioux Falls. From 1959 until 1962 they lived in Orange City where he sold agriculture equipment. They moved back to Corsica where he ran Beukelman Insurance Agency for 23 years before moving to Madison. He worked at First Madison Bank insurance agency until 1989 when he started First Madison Insurance. He retired in 2001.

He was active member of the Lions Club, coached youth baseball and hunter safety courses. He was also on the Corsica Fire Department, Corsica School Board and Douglas County Hospital Board. He was also active on the Madison City Planning Commission.

There will be a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements.

The family requests memorials be directed the SD Lions Eye Bank or the Madison United Methodist Church.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 22, 2013
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