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William Beutler

February 15, 1948 - September 02, 2020


September 04, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Prayer Service - Friday

September 04, 2020
- 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Funeral Service - Saturday

September 05, 2020
- 1:00 PM with visitation one hour prior

St. Joseph Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

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William Beutler

February 15, 1948 - September 02, 2020


William “Bill” Beutler lived a full and abundant life in Christ. He passed away at the age of 72 in his home in Moorhead on September 2, 2020, under the care of hospice. Bill was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer in May of 2019, which he responded to as he did everything, by entrusting himself completely to the will of God.

He grew up in South Dakota on the family farm with his parents and five siblings. After high school graduation he moved to Moorhead. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Moorhead State College, where he was active in the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Upon graduation he served in the Army for two years before returning to Moorhead, where he met Sandy Peterson. They were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead in May of 1976. Bill and Sandy welcomed three children and took great joy in raising their family. Bill worked as a contractor and eventually a Project Manager/Estimator at Simonson Lumber in Fargo. Bill and Sandy had a marriage that was grounded in faith and it was evident in the way that they cared for one another and their children. Their love for each other has been a great witness to their kids, one for which they will be eternally grateful. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Also close to Bill’s heart was serving on the board for the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, which he did for a 7-year term. He also served on the board for Churches United for the Homeless for 12 years. He was happy to see the two organizations come together as one as that had been his hope while serving with both ministries. In 2013 he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church, which allowed him to continue to serve others and give of himself as he had done throughout his life. During his battle with cancer, he chose to surrender to God and to suffer well, uniting himself with Jesus.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, three children Jay (Amy) Beutler, Monica (Jordan) Buchhorn, and Ashley Beutler (boyfriend Isaac Simburger). He is also survived by his grandchildren Peter, Philip, and John Beutler and Cora, Regina, Fulton, Edmund, Hildegard, and baby (due in December) Buchhorn. Bill is also survived by his siblings Lou (Ron) Nealis, Paul (Mary) Beutler, Luci (Jerry) Sparby, and Ray (Sharon) Beutler; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Paul Haaf, Denny and Diane Kragnes, Doug and Donna Pfeifer, and Bruce and Deb Hicks as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Rosetta Beutler, as well as his father- and mother-in-law, Harold and Edna Peterson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Marli Haaf, and his grandchildren, William, Francis and Rebecca Beutler, and Levi Buchhorn.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead at 1 PM on Saturday, September 5, 2020. His Prayer Service will be held 7 PM on Friday, September 4, 2020 with visitation beginning at 5 PM, also at St. Joseph’s. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Moorhead.


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25 responses to “William Beutler”

  1. Barbara Kaiser says:

    Ashley, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your entire family.
    May God bless you today, tomorrow and all the days to come.
    Barbara & Don Kaiser
    Hudson, WI

  2. Ron Fuglie says:

    With deep sympathy. You are all in our prayers. He was a great friend.

  3. Rachel Johnson says:

    Beutler Family-
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was an AMAZING man and I am so grateful for the fun soccer memories growing up. To this day, every time I eat a Clausen pickle, I think of Bill and how I would beg him to let me come off the field just so I could eat a pickle. I am grateful for all the memories I had with Ashley and Bill during those soccer years. I am praying and thinking of your family.

  4. Stephanie Simburger says:

    We are so sorry to hear of his passing. He sounded like a wonderful man. Praying for you all.

  5. Constance R Mital-Herold says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Beutler family. Bill will be missed by all. You are in our prayers.

  6. Earl and Kathy Riopelle says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you, Sandy and family.

  7. Lisa and Scott Halseth says:

    Hugs and prayers to you and your family Sandy. Heart breaking to read this news. Would have loved to share some yesteryears with him as those were some great days of traveling soccer with Ashley! Praying for continued strength for you all.

  8. Phyllis Reller says:

    Sandy and family, I am so sad to hear about your loss. Please know you will be in my prayers. God Bless

  9. Scott and Lynn Ketelsen says:

    Our sympathies to Bill’s family. I met Bill through the TKE fraternity, when Bill would drop by to repair or remodel on our behalf. He was a dedicated and caring man, even to the point of letting us know we were a bunch of slobs (he was right).

  10. Kathy Heitkamp says:

    My deep sympathy on losing Bill. He inspired us by his faith filled life and love of family and community.

  11. Laurie and Jay Metting and family says:

    Dear family we are so very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will give you strength and peace may his memory bring you Joy and happiness and the courage to face each new day one at a time. We will be praying for you.

  12. Alan Keith Johnson says:

    As an Electrical Contractor I was lucky enough to do work on some of Bill’s projects and it was always a delight to work for him. I didn’t know anyone who had an issue with him as Bill always knew what he was doing and his confidence always shined through. It’s always hard to lose such a friend. Sincerely AL Johnson Downer Mn

  13. Kathy & Anthony Hurst says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you feel the Angels Arms around you as Deacon Bill enters Heaven.
    Our prayers will be with you.
    Kathy, Anthony, Samuel & Josie Hurst

  14. Randy and Denise Balzum says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless your family during this sad time.

  15. Lisa and Dennis Ouderkirk says:

    Sandy, Jay, Monica, Ashley and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Deacon Bill was a great role model in his life of faith and service and he was a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately we will not be able to be with you as you celebrate a life well lived, but please know our thoughts and prayers continue for all of you. God Bless!
    Dennis and Lisa Ouderkirk

  16. Ann Clark-Whitlock says:

    My deepest sympathy for the passing of Deacon Bill. He was a friend to my parents, Elizabeth and Edward Clark, as members of St. Joe’s as well as their work together to establish the Dorothy Day House in Moorhead.
    His words of reflection and comfort were very meaningful at the funerals of both of my parents last year especially in light of his own illness.
    God bless you all during this time of grief. I will hold you in prayer as you celebrate his life.
    Ann Clark-Whitlock

  17. Jon Hoover says:

    The world has lost a true really nice guy that was always interested in others. Our class of 66 and many,many others will miss Bill.

  18. Becky - Mark Lommen says:

    Sandy, Jay, Monica and Ashley and families… we are so sadden to hear of Bill’s passing but find joy in the fact that he is being welcomed home by our Lord and Savior and Our Lord is saying” Welcome home my faithful servant – Job well done!” Feel the hugs and prayers that are surrounding you during this and future times.
    The Lommens

  19. Bonnie Legreid says:

    Thinking of you with our deepest sympathy. May God bless you with peace and love.
    Don and Bonnie Legreid
    Noblesville, Indiana

  20. Peggy Henegar says:

    We are saddened by your loss, and our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this sad time.

    Russ and Peggy Henegar

  21. Maureen and Greg Ness says:

    Sandy and family – we wish you comfort in remembering your cherished memories of Bill. Praying the heartfelt caring of others and the loving hand of God will help you heal and bring you peace.

  22. Joan Nekuda(Henderson) says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Nettie Taufen says:

    So sorry for your loss Lucy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Alma Cater says:

    My deepest sympathy to Deacon Bill’s family.

    Alma Cater

  25. Mary Derosier says:

    So sorry to hear of Deacon Bill’s passing. He was several classes that I attended while he was in formation as a deacon. He was always interesting to talk with and I am grateful that I got to know him in some small way. May he rest in the peace of Christ.

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