Walter H. Beuning, 84, of Freeport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Jan. 18, 2023, at the Little Falls Care Center in Little Falls.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Walter Henry Beuning was born Feb. 21, 1938, in Freeport, 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 Jan. 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 and sister and brother Rosie Cheyne and Virgil Beuning.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.