William (Bill) Arne Beaumont

William (Bill) Arne Beaumont was born April 22, 1928, in Hettinger, ND, to Robert (“Chet”) and Mildred (Arneson) Beaumont.

William (Bill) Arne Beaumont
William (Bill) Arne Beaumont

William (Bill) Arne Beaumont was born April 22, 1928, in Hettinger, ND, to Robert (“Chet”) and Mildred (Arneson) Beaumont. Growing up on a farm in rural North Dakota during the depression instilled values of hard work and perseverance. He never forgot those valuable lessons and loved to share the stories from these years with his family. For example, he recalled how blocks of ice were buried in the ground and covered with straw to provide a system of refrigeration in the summer or how great clouds of dirt swept across the land during the storms of the dirty thirties.

Bill attended school in Bucyrus and Hettinger and graduated from Hettinger High School in 1946. At that time he described himself as a tall young man who enjoyed playing basketball, going to dances, and fixing machinery and cars.  On September 18, 1949, he married Maxine Mae Stenberg at Bucyrus Lutheran Church.  Together they raised five children:  Mark and Ron (Wendy) both of Rapid City, SD; Suzanne (Sue), Michelle (Paul) and Dale (Nancy) all of Sioux Falls, SD.

After farming with his father, Bill began a lifelong career in the home construction industry which started as an employee at Hettinger Lumberyard. He developed his gift for building. During the 60’s and 70’s Bill designed and built two beautiful homes for his family. In July, 1962, Bill started a second career and opened Beaumont’s Men’s and Boy’s Clothing Store.  As a community leader he was involved in the Chamber of Commerce and served as a member of the Hettinger Hospital Board of Directors.

In 1974, the family moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Bill worked in sales at Crawford’s Men’s Wear, MoorMan Feeds, and Dixon lawn mowers. He also obtained a realtor’s license and sold for Schmidt Realty. He returned to construction with Hjellming Construction as a carpenter and then worked as a contract bidder for Kriens Construction.  He owned and operated Beaumont Construction and worked with his son, Dale.  Bill was a master builder and his ability to oversee every detail of a home remodel or construction job helped build long-lasting friendships with clients and peers. He was an excellent teacher and guided others with gentle kindness and patience. Bill retired in 1999, and yet, despite the visual limitations of macular degeneration, he was able to work on family remodeling projects by developing a method of drawing blueprints to scale.

On June 9, 1990, Bill married Bernice Hammerstrom at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea, SD. They enjoyed 25 years of married life together. With this union Bill’s family grew to include:  Les (Georgia) Hammerstrom and children Burke and Brenda of Kinnear, WY; Karol (Gale) Patterson and son Seth of Wall, SD; Karen (Terry) Gunn and children Corey, Lacey, Tyson and Toree of Wasta, SD; and Byron (Terese) Hammerstrom and children Briana and Ryne of Sioux Falls.

Bill enjoyed golf, dancing, and music. He loved watching basketball, shooting pool, and spending time with his family.  He enjoyed trips back to Hettinger to attend all- school reunions and visits with his sisters.  Bill maintained a positive “can-do” attitude all his life.  He liked to talk about current events and politics and was quick with a smile or chuckle which typically followed with words like “By golly….” or “I tell you what….” which meant he was about to share his own personal views or life experience on a particular topic.

Grateful for having shared their life with Bill include his wife Bernice and her family, his children and their spouses, grandchildren:  Jason Beaumont, Heather (Jason) McGough, Buker (Amy) Beaumont, Megan (Anders) Fjeld, Jordan (Dallas) Smith, Chaney Burns, Afton Burns, Mandy Burns, Connor Burns, Jennifer (Aaron) Thiele, Dan (Stephanie) Licht, Becky (Dan) Frederiksen, Grant (Laura) Griffith, Mason Griffith, Heather (Todd) Wunderlich, and Lauren (Blake) Ridgway; 28 (soon to be 29) great grandchildren,  his sister Fern Uhler of Hettinger, ND, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Helen Lundahl, Beverly Zimmerman and Patricia Arndorfer.

Funeral Services are held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Tea, SD.  Interment will be at a later date.