Kenneth W. Beseman, 82 year old resident of Swanville, MN passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls, MN. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. Gary Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at the Springbrook Cemetery in Swanville, MN. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM on Sunday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
Kenneth Walter Beseman was born on February 24, 1932 in Culdrum Township, Morrison County, Minnesota. He was the son of August Herman and Anna (Schwandt) Beseman. He was the youngest of 4 children. He grew up in the Swanville area. Ken was married to Arlene Schmidt on October 18,1953 and to this union they had three boys, Scott Gregory, Terry Craig and Timothy Steven. In those early years Ken & Arlene raised pigs, milked dairy cattle and had a few horses. In 1966 the family moved to Morris Minnesota to pursue a career change. Ken returned to Swanville in 2001 where he has lived until the time of his death on September 1, 2014. While in Morris, Ken worked for Tomlinson Motors, Trailways Caf, Stan Peterman Ford, and Heartland Motors until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing cards with his friends and family. When he moved to Swanville some of his friends from Morris would make the trek up to Swanville to get some card playing in for old times sake. Music was a very big part of Ken's life and he loved to sing and would sing at church with his choir and he did solo's for church, weddings and funerals. Ken was very active in the Quarter Horse Association where he and his boys showed horses. Ken became an AQHA judge for 25 years until he was 72 years old and he traveled 31 states and all Provinces of Canada. Ken was also active in amateur baseball in his younger years and officiating softball in his later years. Ken enjoyed watching his grandchildren in sports, watching the Gopher sports, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Lynx. Ken enjoyed working on his yard working with his flowers and landscaping. One of Ken's greatest joys in life were his Corgi's, Sabrina, Muffin, Ruby, Jewel and Katie. Ken and his family have been blessed by all of the caregivers, friends and neighbors that have done so much for him these last years. Ken is survived by his sons, Scott Beseman of Boise, ID, Terry (LaVon) Beseman of Blaine MN, and Tim (Kathi) Beseman of Raymond MN; 5 grandchildren, Troy (Najla) Beseman, Tracy (Ross) Peters, Amanda (Aaron) Pauling, Trisha (Nate) Helland, and Ashley Beseman; and 4 great grandchildren, Isaac Thomas, Caleb Noah, Joshua Terry Beseman and Baby boy, Pauling; brother, Donald (Irene) Beseman; sister in law, Margaret Beseman; many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gordon; sister and brother in law, Adeline (Walter) Hartwig, and sister in law, Mert Beseman.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tracy Peters, Amanda Pauling, Trisha Beseman, Ashley Beseman, Isaac, Caleb and Joshua Beseman, Baby Boy Pauling, Lloyd Beseman and Dick Evans.
Active Pallbearers will be Troy Beseman, Ross Peters, Aaron Pauling, Nathan Helland, Jay Loven, Tom Beseman, and Mike Beseman.
Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.