Bernard “Bud” Beastrom: 1926-2016
Bernard Merle Beastrom, more commonly known as “Bud”, was born March 21, 1926 in Sturgis, S.D., to William and Hilda (Burki) Beastrom. Bud grew up and was educated in the Highmore/Harrold area, later graduating from Agie School at SDSU in Brookings. After graduation, Bud returned to farming in the Highmore area, marrying Thelma Charlson there on Nov. 24, 1946. They farmed/ranched there until moving to their current operation near Pierre in 1960. Bud and Thelma raised five children on the farm, Sharon, Jim, Betty, Terry and Jon.
Bud was a pioneer Gelbvieh breeder, and was in the American Gelbvieh Hall of Fame and and was also on the National Gelbvieh Cattle Board. Bud also raised Targhee sheep and was a National Sheep Shearer’s Winner and was in the Targhee Sheep Hall of Fame.
Bud was very active in the farming community in this area and around the country, being a part of numerous organizations and receiving awards including: SD State University Family of the Year, a 40 year 4-H leader, a member of the County Fair Board, the Buckeye School Board, former board member and past president of the Federal Land Bank and long-time mason and shriner. He and Thelma were long-time philanthropists, receiving the Pierre area Philanthropist’s of the year award in 2014.
Bud enjoyed in his spare time, wood carving, cards, golf and traveling, but most of all Bud would want to be known as a devoted believer and follower of Jesus Christ. He is now enjoying eternity with his Saviour.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife of 70 years, Thelma; his children, Sharon (Barry) Markl, Fountain Hills, Arizona, Jim (Barb), Pierre, Betty (Dana) Stromberg, Peoria, Arizona, Terry (Leonda), Pierre and Jon (Theresa), Pierre, along with 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and special niece, Candy (Russell) Spaid.
Funeral services for Bernard “Bud” Beastrom, long-time Pierre area rancher and farmer, will be Friday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m., CDT, at Community Bible Church, 1516 N. Harrison, Pierre. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Pierre. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 pm, with prayer services at 7 p.m., also at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s name to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Oncology Dept., 801 E. Sioux Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Bud entered glory on Aug. 7, 2016 from Mary House Nursing Home, Pierre.
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