Thomas Beerman, age 65, of Huron, S.D., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Huron Regional Medical Center. His funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish with burial at St. Martin Cemetery with military honors by the Huron Veterans Council.
The family can be reached at Tom and Sandy’s residence, 2414 Prairie Eagle Circle in Huron. Visit www.welterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas William Beerman, son of William and Olivia (Greschke) Beerman, was born March 31, 1947, at Huron. He attended St. Therese Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Huron High School in 1965. He worked for Fairmont Foods delivering milk.
On April 14, 1966, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, the second time volunteering for duty. He was honorably discharged as SSgt on February 9, 1970.
Upon his return to Huron he began working for OK Tire.
On January 7, 1972, Tom married Peggy Hopper in Huron. In 1976 he joined the Huron police force, serving there until 1987, when he was elected sheriff of Beadle County.
On July 25, 1986, Tom married Sandra King in Huron. He retired from the sheriff’s office in February 2010.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish; Knights of Columbus; VFW Forrest McMullen Post #1776 and past commander; American Legion William Reaves Post #7. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the following organizations: St. Martin Catholic School – Safety Council -Huron Area Senior Citizens – H&B Credit Union and past president – and the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association. He was part of a team that provided security for car-racing at Dakota Speedway and also other area events.
His many interests included raising show pigeons for which he won many awards, fishing, hunting, gardening, the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. When he was in grade school he worked for Valley Gardens in Huron.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy of Huron; one son, Tony Beerman of Huron; one daughter, Laura (Scott) Jones of Huron; three step-children, Michelle (Bob) Eldridge of Bristow, VA, Jeff (Christa) Horn of Wolsey, and Amber (Wayne) Langbehn of Worthing; seven grandchildren, Ava Beerman, Tyler Horn, Tanner Horn, Taylor Horn, Brendan Langbehn, Jase Langbehn, and Rylan Langbehn; three sisters, Camille (“Chris”) Christie of Sparks, Nev., Mary (Tom) Bell of Brookings, and Nancy (David) Engebretson of Meckling, S.D.; two brothers, Jim (Renae) Beerman of Thousand Palms, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Rolayne Beerman of Atwater, Minn.; two aunts, Tootie (KO) Kauth of Huron, and Margaret Greschke of Huron; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Paulette Leeman; one brother, Paul Beerman; and several aunts and uncles.
Thomas Beerman 1947 – 2013