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David Beutel 06/25/2023

David John Beutel, long time resident of River Falls, passed away on June 25, 2023 at the River Falls Area Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
David was born in St. Paul on August 4, 1954 and grew up in Lake Elmo, MN. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1972 and went to the University of Wisconsin River Falls, majoring in Communicative Disorders, where he met his wife Kathryn Coozennoy (who he always introduced as his “first wife”). David continued his studies earning his Master’s Degree in Audiology in 1983. After many years of teaching speech therapy and working in the industrial Audiology field, David established River Valley Audiology in 2012. Believing in giving back to the community, David was involved for many years with River Falls youth sports by coaching soccer, baseball, and hockey for his son’s teams. He also recently volunteered at the River Falls Food Pantry.
David is survived by his still first and only loving wife, Kathryn “Toots”, son Anders (Kerry) and granddaughter “Princess” Haylen, son Matthew and grandson, Michael, who he had a special bond with. David is also survived by his brothers Doug, Donald (Mary), Dale (Dory), sister Julie, as well as nieces and nephews, in-laws, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin Donald and Joan Beutel, brother Daniel Beutel, Grandparents Erwin and Vera Beutel, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Arline Beutel, Aunt Mildred Beutel, and maternal Grandparents Robert and Mary Barrett.
David was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother whose greatest joy was his family. He was a man of kindness and integrity and we will all miss his limitless love and good nature. David was known for his positive attitude and for striving for nothing less than excellence. He cared deeply for his patients and shared many stories, joys, and sorrows with them, offered encouraging words and was always willing to listen and do whatever he could to help them. He appreciated good conversation and enjoyed getting together for coffee with his friends (the “regulars”) to discuss and solve the problems of the world. David was a huge sports fan – he was the go to guy for any sports trivia and especially enjoyed golfing, hockey, attending sporting events, and working outdoors. He loved his time “up north” at the Apple River in Amery, WI enjoying the solitude and beauty and working on building his “shed” with his sister Julie and grandson Michael. David, Julie,and Michael made a great team!
Special thanks to David’s sister, Julie Beutel, for her unwavering, loving support and help.
A  Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 5 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was also on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 2-5 pm at the funeral home.  Interment was in Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lake Elmo, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


click here to watch the recording of David’s service



  • David Black Posted June 27, 2023 12:17 pm

    He was one of the low key quiet good guys, always willing to help when needed

  • Belinda Hopp Posted June 28, 2023 10:29 am

    David was a true gentleman that was dedicated to helping others. A kind man and a happy warrior.

  • Al Peterson Posted June 28, 2023 2:57 pm

    So saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a very thoughtful good friend.

  • Richard L Timmerman Posted June 29, 2023 2:16 pm

    Dave always set the ‘best’ example of how to be a good, kind person. I am saddened.

  • Warren Mikula Posted June 29, 2023 4:03 pm

    David was an indeed beautiful person. He helped me so much…and I am so sad I heard about his passing, just today Sincerely, Warren

  • Rick Hansen Posted June 30, 2023 11:23 am

    I had the privilege of coaching youth hockey in River Falls with Dave as well has playing some Old Timers hockey with him. Such a great guy and family. Dave and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dawn (Panasow) Foresta Posted July 1, 2023 7:25 am

    I went to school with David. From lake Elmo elementary all the way to Stillwater high School. We are only 8 days apart in age. My birthday is August 12th 1954. He was always so kind growing up. It is no surprise. He turned into such a magnificent giving and caring man. He will be missed so much

  • Cheryl Ross Posted July 1, 2023 8:16 am

    Dave was such a kind, fun and wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed as he positively impacted the lives of so many. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Bill Klopp Posted July 1, 2023 11:35 am

    I have only known Dave for a couple years as I chose him to service my hearing aids after my audiologist changed careers. I found Dave to be one of those rare, kind, considerate and just fun to talk with type of people that you wish you could have everyone like that when you deal with people in life. He always took time with me to see that all my hearing issues were resovled and that I was satisfied with them. I hope God grants him a special place in Heaven, because he really desrves it. My sympathy to the family, He was kind and impacted my life also. I will miss him a lot, not only for my hearing service, but just as a new friend who I could rely on and was trustworthy..

  • Sherry A Jones Posted July 2, 2023 5:10 pm

    This world will not be the same without u in it . You have a one in a million smile and infectious laughter that we are gonna miss Intel we meet again we love u always sherry. Thomas autumn and marky..

  • Liz and Dan Bruch Posted July 3, 2023 10:22 am

    And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you your beloved Dave’s, life and the many lives he touched.

    May you miss him deeply, forgive him often, and always claim the best of him in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven.

  • Marshall Sinnett Posted July 3, 2023 1:22 pm

    Working the sod fields, sharing a summer in the little house by the tracks, buying bikes, playing softball and hockey, such wonderful memories of our time together. RIP David.

  • Mark Secrest Posted July 4, 2023 9:13 am

    From the days of Oakland Jr High to the Class Reunions of 1972 DB was ALWAYS an integral part of any of our gatherings. I was saddened by the news of his passing having just enjoyed his presence last summer at our 50th. My friend, and my brother in life I know your laughter and infectious smile is lighting the heavens above. Rest in Peace.

  • Dennis Pierson Posted July 5, 2023 11:34 pm

    Many fond memories of baseball, football, and basketball played at Daves house when we were in grade school at Lake Elmo. He was a great friend. RIP David.

  • Maureen Barrett Posted July 8, 2023 6:38 pm

    My condolences and prayers go out to the Beutel family for this loss of your dear brother, uncle, father, husband. Heartfelt wishes to all.
    -1st cousin, Maureen Barrett (Florida)

  • Cheri Evjen Posted July 9, 2023 12:23 am

    My deepest sympathy to Kathryn, Michael, and the extended family. I know how close you all were to David. May your sweet memories bring you some comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dave Woeste Posted July 10, 2023 5:08 pm

    Dave was a great audiologist and overall great guy. Sorry to hear this. Love to his family.

  • Coleen Rae Peterson Posted July 13, 2023 11:39 am

    I will miss David and his care. He was so kind and caring always sharing what was the best in his life.
    What a lucky grandson to have had him in his life, he truly cared about his patients trying to give you the best service possible being very generous with his knowledge and always ready to give you help. River Falls has lost a great asset I feel blessed to have known him as a friend and audiologist.

  • Jake Ross Posted July 19, 2023 3:58 pm

    Thank you, for all the contributions to this community that loved you dearly. I’m going to miss hearing that roaring voice and laughter!

  • Michael Retzinger Posted July 20, 2023 5:15 pm

    David’s passing…Great guy…The World’s loss… Human Rain Falls as I remember him. May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ help all of us who loved him.

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