Ronald Beebout

Ronald Lee Beebout

Friday, August 6th, 1948 - Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
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The funeral service for Ronald Beebout, 72, of Vesta, will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milroy, MN. A walk-through visitation will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Milroy. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be strictly followed at all times. A recording of the service will be available at
Ronald Beebout, or Big Ron as he was affectionately called by his daughter Toni, was smart, funny, kind, loving, ornery, and good. He did what was right – not what was popular. He was humble and didn’t want people to know all of the things he did behind the scenes. Ron served his country, his community, his family, and all that knew him. He suffered great loss. He worked. He loved his family. He was an honorable and admirable man. He truly was the jack of all trades. He could fix it and build it and make things okay. He was a man defined not by what he had, but by all that he did. He helped everyone without question, even when he had no help to give. He was one of a kind. Ron was the guy with infinite quotes and incredible insight into impossible situations. His spunk, tenacity, and perseverance are the gifts he gave to all who knew him and loved him.

United States Marine Ronald Lee Beebout was born August 6, 1948 to Cleve and Muriel (Brakke) Beebout. He graduated from Milroy High School in 1966, then attended Worthington Community College. But the draft came calling, and in 1969 he was sent to Vietnam. He came home, awarded the Purple Heart, and spent over 100 days in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He was honorably discharged and awarded honors for his service including, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. He was a hero. He served his country. He did it willingly and with honor.

He returned to Milroy, MN and met the love of his life, Gwen Marie Gilb. They married December 2, 1972 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Milroy. He always said they got married, “in a fever”. He loved her like no other. They lived a life filled with trials and tribulations, but always danced in the kitchen. They said, “I love you every day.” They had a fairytale love like no other. Early in their marriage, Ron and Gwen lived in Minneapolis and Glencoe, where Ron attended the University of Minnesota and worked every job imaginable, even owning and operating his own concrete business. In 1976 they moved back to Southwestern Minnesota to raise their two children, Toni and Brooks. He returned to Southwest State to continue his education and worked as the “Corn Dog King” for Schwans. While working, going to school, and raising a young family, Ron raised livestock and farmed. He ran sunflower crews and so much more.

He always worked. He was always hopeful. He loved his family and believed in education. He believed in people and always made the world a better place. He was a proud man who carried his burdens privately. Included in Ron’s life’s work was his duty as a Redwood County Veteran’s Service Officer, his service with the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his dedication to his job as a counsellor with the Department of Rehabilitations. He also owned apartment buildings in both Milroy, MN and Flandreau, SD. He worked tirelessly. He did it all. He helped people who needed help – always. That was his gift.

He lived a life filled with love. He loved his ‘cherubs’ Allie and Jack more than anything in the world. They were the light of his life. He didn’t miss a moment. Even when he was sick. He was on the phone, on SnapChat, and even Life 360. They didn’t have a day when he wasn’t with them and cheering for them.

He knew “Life is Difficult.” That was his famous quote, along with many others. But he lived, and he carried on for a family that loved him with no boundaries. He lost his parents, siblings, his son, Dr. Brooks Beebout, and his wife Gwen Beebout. But he never gave up. He never quit. He loved in spite of it all. And he loved BIG!

Ron died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at his residence in Vesta.

Ron is survived by his loving daughter, Dr. Toni (and Mark) Beebout-Bladholm of Marshall; cherubs, Alexandra and Jackson Bladholm of Marshall, and two orphan cats who came in and never left, Oliver and Olivia. He is also survived by countless family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Gwen Beebout, his incredible son, Dr. Brooks Beebout, parents, Cleve and Muriel Beebout, brothers, Doug Beebout and Lynn Beebout, sisters, Jackie (Beebout) Gregor, Patricia (Beebout) Stuerwald, Peggy (Beebout) Rolland, and Jolene (Beebout) Snyder.
His spunk, the twinkle in his eyes, and good heart will forever be missed. Until we meet again…

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    301 Oak St
    MILROY, MN 56263
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 1:00pm
    Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    301 Oak St
    MILROY, MN 56263
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Lyle Snyder
  • Interment

    Our Saviors Cemetery


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Pat and Katie Archbold

Posted at 12:01am
May the trees whisper smart ass comments in the wind and keep Ron chuckling in heaven.

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Toni Beebout-Bladholm Posted at 11:03pm

Pat, Katie, Maggie, Teddy, and Will, Thank you for your kindness. My dad is chuckling - he always wondered where these trees were planted. Grin. Thank you for thinking of us all during this time. Much Peace and Love, Toni and Family

Lindsay Maddox

Posted at 01:20pm
There are so many happy memories of Uncle Ron. Some of the best times of my childhood were out at the Beebout’s. Sitting at the picnic table and joking around about family memories. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life and to hug all of you. My prayers and love are with you all.

Toni Beebout-Bladholm Posted at 11:04pm

Lindsay, Thank you for your kindness. It is true what they say - you never know until it's gone how lucky you really were. Peace and Love, Toni and Family

Teri Holien

Posted at 12:36pm
Toni. There are no words. Know that they are all around you all the time, always with you!
My deepest sympathy honey! Love you! Hugs!

Toni Beebout-Bladholm Posted at 11:05pm

Teri, Thank you. Sadly, you know the lonely journey of loss. Thank you for your friendship and kindness. Peace and Love, Toni and Family

Peggy Anderson

Posted at 03:14pm
Ron was one of a kind! I so enjoyed working with Ron at Rehab Services! He, Dave Olson and I would sit and drink coffee each morning and visit for an hour (or more when we should have been working). He was so easy to talk to and get along with. Even when he would get frustrated, he would find something to laugh about. He loved his family and I heard many stories about Toni as a teenager! He suggested my daughter, Kelsey, babysit for Toni and the rest is history. Ron will always be remembered for his smile, his great attitude and his friendship. He will be missed.
We send our thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength to you, Toni, Mark, Ally and Jackson. God bless his memory.
Peggy and Doug Anderson

Toni Beebout-Bladholm Posted at 11:06pm

Peggy, I certainly gave Big Ron a run during my teenage years. We are forever thankful for your family and for Kelsea watching over our cherubs. Peace and Love, Toni and Family

Gail Anderson

Posted at 04:34pm
My earliest memories of Ron were when he was a young boy visiting Greg (my brother) on the farm. He was way too cute & Gwen (my big sister) instantly had a crush on him. She even convinced me to kiss Ron that, of course, led to years of teasing. Some time later, Gwen said she was going to marry Ron and they'd have beautiful children - and they sure did! They were a perfect match and loved each other always.

Duane (my husband) recalls being a 1st grader and riding the Milroy School bus with Ron. Ron asked Duane what grade he was in which he answered 1st grade. Ron then told him, "1st grade was easy, but 2nd grade was REALLY HARD"!

Ron was such an important member of our family, and he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers for Toni and family to be comforted and be given peace during this time of loss.

Gail and Duane Anderson

Toni Beebout-Bladholm Posted at 11:07pm

Gail, You are right. My parents had the love affair that most only dream of. Thanks for sharing your stories. He will never be forgotten. Peace and Love, Toni and Family

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