Walter H. Beuning, age 84 of Freeport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at the Little Falls Care Center in Little Falls, Minnesota.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment will be held in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Patton Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church in Freeport. The Freeport Fire Department will pray a rosary at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
Walter Henry Beuning was born February 21, 1938 in Freeport, Minnesota to George and Ida (Klein) Beuning. He graduated from Melrose High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Walter was stationed in Europe where he provided support for the Vietnam Conflict. He served for over three years and was honorably discharged in 1965. He was united in marriage to Lourdine Beste on January 16, 1965 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. He worked as an implement mechanic most of his life. Walter was a founding member of the Stearns County Pioneer Club and was very active.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Freeport Fire Department from 1974 through 1994, Stearns County Pioneer Club, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion Inc., Minnesota Chapter 15 IH Collectors Club, and the Young at Heart Club. Walter enjoyed walking and biking on the Wobegon Trail and collecting tractors.
Survivors include his wife, Lourdine “Loura” Beuning of Freeport; children, Barb Beuning of St. Cloud, Ken (Joyce) Beuning of Andover, Sandy Beuning of Waite Park, and Kevin (Lisa) Beuning of Albany; grandchildren, Trevor, Anne, Grace, Joe, Monica, Thomas, Jennifer and Cody; and siblings, Edward Beuning of Waite Park, Clara Williams of Melrose, Arthur Beuning of Avon, Leo Beuning of Idaho, and Carol Edgington of Florida.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother, Rosie Cheyne and Virgil Beuning.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.