Bill Beenen

   William E. Beenen, 91, died Dec. 4, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Belmond United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond.

  William Eugene was born on his parents’ farm in Alexander on Nov. 15, 1930, the son of Theodore and Gertrude (Berninghausen) Beenen. He graduated from Alexander High School in 1951.

  Bill served in the Korean Conflict where he was a MASH communications operator. He was proud of the time he served his country and was part of the 2nd Infantry Division (Indianhead).

  Bill met the love of his life, Shirley Mason, at the Surf Ballroom. Their love of dance continued throughout their marriage. They were married on Sept. 28, 1956, and to this union three children were born: David, Dianna and Daniel.

  The coupled lived briefly outside of Clarion before moving to Belmond. Bill first worked at the Belmond lumber yard, and then for General Mills/ Central Soya until his retirement.

  He and Shirley enjoyed traveling, square dancing and ballroom dancing. They could cut a rug on the dance floor like no other! Bill took care of their big house and decorated it with thousands of lights at Christmas. He also supported his children and grandchildren’s activities at their schools. What he loved the most was his family. Bill was the last remaining uncle on both sides of the family.

  In 2015, Bill had the thrill of going with other veterans to Washington D.C. on a Brushy Creek Honor Flight. He said it was the best day of his life — right after marrying his wife and the birth of his children and grandchildren.

  Bill loved to sing and was a loyal member of the Belmond United Methodist Church Choir. He would sing solos, his favorite being “Morning has Broken”. He also belonged to the River City Barbershop Chorus. He enjoyed coffee time at Bloemke Pharmacy and never met a stranger he couldn’t visit with.

  In 2012, Bill moved to the Belmond Community Apartments where he resided until 2020 when he entered the care center.

  Bill was preceded in death by his sister Francis and brother-in-law Richard Michael; and sister-in-law Carole Berninghausen.

  Bill is survived by his children David (Deb) Beenen of Shell Rock, Dianna (Jim) Suntken of Belmond, and Daniel Beenen of Milan, MI; grandchildren Jonathan (Julie) Suntken of Nevada, Dustin (Bonny) Beenen of Ankeny, Danielle (Bradley) Nordmeyer of Shell Rock, and Daren (Eliza) Beenen of Lacey, WA; great-grandchildren Desiree, Jaxson, Greyson, Lydia, Gunner, Remington, Audrey, Bernadette and Gertrude; and brother Robert Berninghausen of Belmont, CA.