Bernie Beukelman was born October 27, 1945, to Arie and Nellie (Klein) Beukelman near Joubert, SD. He graduated from the 8th grade. On September 7, 1966 he married Patricia (Pat) Vlietstra in Edgerton MN.
At the time they got married Bernie and Pat lived in Platte and he worked for Meyerink Construction and was involved in the Army National Guard. From there they moved to Corsica and worked at the Corsica Bakery. Eventually he started to work for another construction company. Bernie and Pat started their own business in Corsica called the Economy Center on main street. After the Economy Center closed shop, Bernie and his brother, Harold started their own business called Beukelman Construction. After retirement from construction Bernie and Pat bought Spud’s IGA and turned it into Bernie’s Market and ran it for 10 years. After the store he started working for Trail-Eze (Petro) for 15 years until his retirement.
Bernie was an active member of the Grace Reformed Church serving as elder and deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Everson-Beukelman American Legion post 274. He enjoyed going to coffee up town visiting with men from the community.
During the years together, Bernie enjoyed motorcycle trips and camping trips with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He spent many road trips with each of his kids.
Grateful to have shared his life is his wife of 56 years, Pat of Corsica. His Children Teri (Jerry) Wisdom of Corsica SD and Brenda (Jeremy) Iedema of Platte, SD. His eight Grandchildren Kelcie (Chris) Stahl, Kyla Beukelman (Brad Cranny), Kolby (Brittney Edwards) Beukelman, Marlina (Tallon) Stunes, Styler (Wopela) Wisdom, Kayla Wisdom, Taylor Iedema, and Madison Iedema. His 11 great-grandchildren Conner, Brysen and Kenzie Stahl, Jocelynn Cranny, Aidan and Quinn Stunes, Roman and Mila Wisdom, Kasch and Elias Beukelman. Brother Harold (Betty) Beukelman, three sister-in-laws Chris Fey, Judy (Andy) Brummel and Sandy (Ron) Brands.
Bernie’s was preceded in death by his parents Arie and Nellie Beukelman, in-law Nick and Margaret Vlitstra, 2 sons Leslie and Curtis Beukelman, brother John (Jack) Beukelman, and brother-in-law Al Fey.