Douglas Arthur Beisell, 85, Wabasha
Douglas Arthur Beisell, age 85, died June 11, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, in ICU, St. Mary’s Campus, in Rochester, MN. Doug was born November 13, 1934 on a farm near Goldfield, Iowa, one of 6 children to Arthur and Jessie (Richardson) Beisell. He graduated from Goldfield High School and worked different jobs until he enlisted in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged in 1962. He married Sharlene Jacobson at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas in 1957. After his discharge they settled in Spring Valley, MN, living there for 28 years. He worked at Gopher Aviation at the Rochester Airport and retired from IBM Rochester after almost 25 years.
In Spring Valley, Doug was very active in the community: Jaycees President, Treasurer of Boy Scouts, Treasurer of Toast Masters Club, Local Lutheran Brotherhood President, Snowmobile Club President, Church Choir Treasurer, on Parent Advisory Committee, and a member of the Elks Lodge.
Due to their love of boating they moved to Wabasha, MN in 1988. After retirement he became a Realtor and had an office in downtown Wabasha for over 18 years. In Wabasha, he did Meals on Wheels and took the elderly to clinic visits. He was a member of the Wabasha American Legion Post 50 where he played bugle at Military Funerals, he had held offices in the Post, and volunteered. He was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Wabasha. Doug and Shar met at a dance in Spring Valley, MN, and never quit dancing until he was unable. He loved his family, boating, and watching birds—especially eagles. He enjoyed watching the Twins and the Vikings. Also, Doug was very proud of his namesake General Douglas McArthur, who was his dad’s commanding officer in WWI. Doug and Shar loved to travel, visiting many states, cruises to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean; also, to Mexico 12 times, St. Thomas and other islands 21 times. St. Thomas was another place the family came together and made their other home. We will all miss him dearly; there wasn’t anything he could not fix, and he never complained about pain.
He is survived by his wife, Sharlene, of 63 years; His Children Wayne (Mary) of Spring Valley, MN, Rebecca (John) of Plymouth, MN, Jamie of Wabasha, MN; 11 grandchildren: Heather (Nate), Alex (Ashlea), Alliyah, Ryan, Jessica (Erik), Rachel (Justin), Cassandra (Hamid), Chris, Jimmy, Reina, and Sapphire; 11 great-grandchildren: Ahna, Saige, Ezra, Adeline, Grace, Sonja, Vivianna, Safiyah, Kasson, Bennett, and Dawson—with another coming in December; and one sister, Lois, Reidsville, GA. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Shelly, sisters, Cleone, Charlene, Connie, and one brother, Earl.
A private family service will be held at a later date in June at Faith Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Knox officiating. Military rites provided by the Burkhardt-Roemer Post 4086 and the Wabasha American Legion Post# 50, and the MNARNG Honor Guard will hold military rites following the private family service.
A celebration of Doug’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 1-5pm at the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post 4086 in Wabasha, MN with the general public invited to join the family. Interment of Doug’s remains will take place at a later date at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Preston. The Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory of Wabasha is in charge of the arrangements. www.abbottfh.com