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Joseph Beuning 04/08/2019

Joseph Beuning 04/08/2019

April 18, 1948 – April 8, 2019
Joseph (Joe) Alphonse Beuning was born April 18th, 1948 in St. Cloud, MN to Alphonse and Esther (Korte) Beuning.  Joe and his 10 siblings were raised on the family farm in Melrose, MN and attended elementary school in a single room schoolhouse.  He graduated from Melrose High School in 1966 and was drafted into the Army.  He spent two years serving his country with the 140th Military Police Company in Georgia and the 188th Military Police Company in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Medal of Valor.
Joe returned home in December of 1969 to his high school sweetheart (Beverly Denne) and an overjoyed family including a baby sister that he had not met.  In January he returned to school (St. Cloud State) and started a job as a floor orderly and ER technician at the St. Cloud hospital.  He was working toward a degree in biology when Dr. Neva Gonzales suggested he apply for a new program in the medical profession.  Joe enrolled in the program and became one of the first Physician Assistants (PA) in the Midwest.  He and his classmates were pioneers, the first to work with physicians, nurses and patients who didn’t really understand the new role.
Joe married the love of his life, Bev, on August 22, 1970.  Bev taught in Holdingford, MN while Joe completed his degree and worked at the hospital.  After graduation Joe, Bev and Andrea moved to Austin, MN where he worked for a year before the family moved to New Richmond in 1976 with their newborn son, Craig.
Joe worked hard to establish and cultivate strong relationships with co-workers and patients while also working with Bev to establish family roots in their “new” hometown where Eva was born.  Joe’s ability to relate to everyone made it easy for him to meet people and he very quickly became involved in numerous aspects of this community. He believed that in order to be a good health care provider, he needed to participate in the community, volunteer and share in experiences with his friends, neighbors and patients.  For many years he served on the Holy Family Hospital board, later the Westfields hospital board and then the Westfields Foundation Board. He volunteered at the Free Clinic in River Falls and served on the New Richmond Community Foundation board.  Joe was a charter member of the New Richmond Rotary club, hosted several exchange students, worked Ski Patrol at Trollhaugen, was active at Immaculate Conception Church, was a member of the VFW and helped establish the western Wisconsin bike ride in support of The Highground.
Joe was able to relate to so many people because of his many interests and life experiences.  Patients quickly realized he could see beyond their symptoms and connect with them on a more personal level.  He shared this philosophy with sixty PA students and for his efforts he was awarded “Preceptor of the Year” from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2016.
In his “spare” time Joe loved to hunt, fish, golf, ski and spend time with his family…especially with his grandchildren.  Joe loved to challenge himself with distance events including skiing the Birkebeiner, running marathons and completing The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) and MS150 bike rides.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Al (2001) and Esther (2016), his older sister Georgianna (1954), and his father-in-law, Raymond Denne (1997}.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Bev and their children Andrea (Mike) Shumaker, Craig (Dr.Courtney) Beuning and Eva (Jay) Groth, grandchildren Carolyn and Max Shumaker and Lewis, Laurel and Leo Groth.  Surviving siblings include Bernie (Linda) Beuning, Urban (Arlene) Beuning, Ada (Gerry) Daniel, Mike (Judy) Beuning, Geralyn Beuning, Mary (Butch) Niehaus, Paul (Mary) Beuning, Earl Beuning and Sara (Scooby) Toenies as well as Bev’s siblings Linda (Gene) Krautkramer, Roy (Deb) Denne, Elaine Denne, Rita (Gary) Moening, Marv (MaryBeth) Denne, Mary Ellsworth, Gary Carlson and mother-in-law Anna Mae Denne.  Extended surviving family members include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his aunt Arlene Beuning. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 15, 2019 at noon at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (151 South Washington Avenue New Richmond, WI 54017) with visitation starting at 10:00am. Military Honors was performed by the VFW Post 10818 of New Richmond. A visitation was also held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:00-6:00pm at the church with a scripture service starting at 6:00pm. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Tracy Preece Posted April 8, 2019 5:39 pm

    My heart goes out to you. I’ve been thinking about your family a lot this past month. I’m so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. Such a great guy!

  • Laurie Hatella Posted April 8, 2019 8:00 pm

    Our deepest of sympathies to you and your family. He was a wonderful man and Doc. What a joy to be around. He truly fought hard, and had a great spirit during his battle. Many memories he made being here at Westfield’s Hospital. Such a loved man he was. We are sending many prayers and thoughts to your family, and wishing you peace during this time of loss. He will be remembered by all those he touched and cared for. So very sorry.

  • Brad Hildebrandt Posted April 8, 2019 8:18 pm

    Oh dear. My heart and soul are saddened by this news. Joe was an awesome human being with so much vibrancy. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Dennis Kerfeld Posted April 8, 2019 9:17 pm

    We are so sad to learn of this news. Joe was such a wonderful cousin. He will be missed by all our family.

  • Alice M Larson Posted April 8, 2019 9:30 pm

    Such a great guy. He was apart of our family and missed him very much after he retired. Prayers go out to you and your family . Joe was a great guy a d we liked.He will be greatly missed

  • Kelli Mutschler Posted April 8, 2019 11:34 pm

    How amazing to see the legacy Joe has left. While there are no words that can make the pain go away right now, may all the memories and stories help you get through the waves of sadness. Peace and love to you.

  • Linda Soifakis Posted April 9, 2019 12:42 am

    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. Hugs to the family.

  • Jill Steel Posted April 9, 2019 2:03 am

    Tom and I are so sorry to hear about Joe he was a great person. Liked by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Rick Larson Posted April 9, 2019 4:31 am

    Joe was always a person I loved to visit even as my doctor loved every visit!! A great man great Doctor great Father and Husband. You will be missed by many! Love and Prayers sent to you all from the Larson’s!!

  • Amity Heinbuch Posted April 9, 2019 12:55 pm

    So for your loss. I had the privilege of working with him for 15 years and he was such a great person. Peace be with you in this time of sorrow.

  • Lora L Bierbrauer Posted April 9, 2019 4:01 pm

    what a kind and very funny man–he always made you smile! with love and sympathy to his family–he will be greatly missed. our prayers are with you—

  • Terry and JoAnne Moore Posted April 10, 2019 12:08 pm

    Our hearts go out to Joe’s family, he was such a wonderful man. We started seeing Joe as our physician the first year he was at New Richmond and kept him as our physician until he retired. We miss him so much, he was always so compassionate and always had time to talk with us about what was bothering us. He will be dearly missed. May God Bless you in your time of sorrow.

  • Steve / Gloria Elfering Posted April 10, 2019 2:54 pm

    Our sympathy for your family.Joe will be missed our prayers are with you all at this time

  • Jerry Rademacher Posted April 10, 2019 3:56 pm

    JoAnn and I were saddened to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a great guy and friend. We will remember him in our prayers.

  • Beth Utecht Posted April 10, 2019 6:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man and will be greatly missed! Hugs and prayers to all of you 😥

  • Sandy Hinnenkamp Joseph Posted April 11, 2019 3:04 pm

    Bev and Family—-so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always such a friendly man and I can only imagine what a wonderful Doctor he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Pete and Cheryl Boetcher Posted April 11, 2019 3:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss and the loss to all of us his former patients and friends. Joe was our first Doctor when we moved to NR and we stayed with him as our primary until he retired. Joe had the best ‘bedside’ manner of any doctor ever! He truly listened and cared.

  • David kerfeld Posted April 12, 2019 3:52 pm

    It is sad to lose a cousin, our families were close and spent a lot of time together growing up together. My heart goes out to you Bev and family.

  • Gene Aichele Posted April 12, 2019 9:06 pm

    Always a pleasure to visit with you Joe when I came to the clinic. Your understanding was always there and just a great great genuine guy. An immense loss to our community. Why do we always lose the good ones so early who really made a profound difference in others? Peace to you Joe and thoughts to the family.

  • Anita Posted April 13, 2019 1:41 am

    So sorry to hear about Joe Beuning’s passing. I found this awesome cousin when we had a class together 46 years ago at St. Cloud State College. He and my sister Gail (Beuning) Holt were Physicisn Assistant pioneers. What an amazing legacy. The Ambrose and Lydia Beuning family sends your family our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.
    Anita (Beuning) Lang

  • Joe Carnine Posted April 13, 2019 5:48 pm

    Joe your the best doc I ever had, and good friend. I’ll see you down the road.

  • Gail Anderson Lindley Posted April 14, 2019 7:25 pm

    Bev, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. What a wonderful life you and your family have had with Joe as your husband and father to your children. I know he will be missed by all his family and friends. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Chuck Ajer Sr Posted April 15, 2019 3:23 am

    Joe was a Great man. He had great bedside manner and a hunting story to tell. He will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family. We will meet again.

  • Chris Wolf Posted April 15, 2019 1:44 pm

    Just heard news about Joe; stunned…and sorry for your loss. Joe was a friend and mentor to me – and is the most important reason I work in health care for my career. He will be missed.

  • Mary Becker Posted April 15, 2019 4:22 pm

    So sorry about Joe – I worked with him at the New Richmond Clinic – he was a great teacher- and showed me how to get wax out of ears, that has been years ago. But you just don’t forget the kindness of a person, when you know they want you to succeed, this was, is Joe. He was and is a good egg – I say is – because he is where he is, and that’s in heaven. “Becker”

  • Michael Lammert Posted July 3, 2019 5:49 pm

    Dr. Joseph Beuning was not just a doctor, but my friend. I’ll miss him very much. Rest in peace my friend!

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