Brent Jay Beitelspacher |

Brent Jay Beitelspacher

April 28, 1976 – April 27, 2014

Brent Beitelspacher, 37, Bowdle, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 in an airplane accident south of Highmore, S.D.

Brent Jay Beitelspacher, son of Carla (Kilber) and Leroy Beitelspacher, was born at Bowdle on April 28, 1976. He was brought up on the Beitelspacher farm 15 miles southwest of Bowdle, S.D. in Walworth County. He attended school in Bowdle and graduated with the BHS Class of 1994. He went on to South Dakota State University where he was on the Collegiate Livestock Judging Team. In December 1998, Brent earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. In 1999, Brent, along with Mark Beitelspacher, purchased Potter County Livestock from Kenneth Koops, changed the name to Gettysburg Livestock, and re-opened it on May 1, 1999. Brent married Nicole Michael at Rapid City on August 11, 2001 and the couple settled in Gettysburg, S.D. Brent, along with his brother Brandon, and Justin Cronin also purchased J&B’s C Store in Gettysburg. In 2009, he sold both businesses and he and his family relocated to Bowdle. After farming for two years, Brent was hired as an animal nutrition consultant by Northern Plains Cooperative. He continued to help on the family farm with all farming and livestock aspects. He also purchased livestock for both club calf and purebred breeders throughout the United States. Brent belonged to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bowdle, and was vice president of the Bowdle Golf Club. He was instrumental in resurrecting the Bowdle Trap Club and was just beginning instruction of shooting and archery for 4-H. He loved hunting, which led him to be the Bowdle Rooster Round Up co-chair for several years. He was also a tournament fisherman, golfer, and scuba diver.

Brent is survived by his grandmother, Lenora Kilber of Bowdle; His parents, Leroy and Carla of Bowdle; Nicole, his wife of 12 years; his son, Cade, and daughter, Alana; and two brothers, Colin (Amanda) Beitelspacher of Bowdle and Brandon (Andrea) Beitelspacher of Ipswich, S.D.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Erhard and Minnie Beitelspacher and Lester Kilber.

Honorary bearers will be Brent’s cousins and all of his friends.

Honorary bearers were Brent’s cousins and all of his friends.

Casketbearers were Cory Jueneman of Mobridge, SD, Jerry Beadle, Stuart Thomsen, Craig Hoerner, Jeremy Hoffman, Mark Beitelspacher, and Jeb Schock all of Bowdle, and Joel Heilman of Roscoe, S.D.