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William Beilhartz 1941-2011

September 13, 2011
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Bill Beilhartz of Curlew will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

William Edwin Beilhartz, son of Matthew and Lucille (Craymer) Beilhartz, was born June 1, 1941, in Denver, CO.

Bill's parents developed Tower Nursery in 1942. Bill worked for his parents full time starting at the age of 16.

On June 26, 1960, Bill was united in marriage to Darlene Marie Bell in Aurora, CO. To this union three sons were born. Bill continued to work at Tower Nursery full time until he and his brother Robert started Woodland Trees, Inc. in February 1979. Bill and his brother Robert purchased Tower Nursery from their mother in 1986 while still operating Woodland Trees. Bill and his son Scott continue to own Woodland Trees to this day. In 1998 Bill purchased his farm west of Ayrshire, moving to the area in 2000.

Bill loved his work very much and took great pride in harvesting and shipping countless trees throughout the country and was especially proud to have his sons working with him to continue the family legacy.

Bill was a family man, and enjoyed every moment he could, especially with his wife Darlene, and enjoyed every moment he could with them. When Bill wasn't working he could be found watching FOX News, History Channel and the Discovery Channel. He was also an avid collector or guns and coins.

Bill passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 at Avera McKennan Medical Center in Souix Falls, SD, at the age of 70 with his sons, Scott and Chad and daughter in law Debby at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Darlene on June 16, 2003; his brother Robert and grandson Heath Katlett.

He is survived by sons William Beilhartz, II of Mesa, Arizona, Scott Beilhartz and his wife, Debby of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Chad Beilhartz and his wife, Kami of West Olive, Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Marino of St. Francis, Kansas; two caring friends, Mary Kathman and Becky Lenz.

Bill was always willing to help others and was truly a caring man. Many will remember Bill for his quiet sense of humor and contagious smile.

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