Galen Beitz

Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm


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March 2, 1934 – Oct. 4, 2012

Galen Beitz, age 78, of Hopkinton, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Beitz family farm east of Hopkinton, with his boots on.

  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at the Hopkinton Community Church, with interment in Hopkinton Cemetery, with Military Honors.  Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.   

 Galen Beitz was born March 2, 1934 in Union Township, Delaware County, Iowa.   He was the son of William G. and Edna E. Bronemann, Beitz.  He received his education in the Hopkinton Schools, graduating in 1951.  Galen then started farming with his parents.  He served in the United States Army from 1956 until 1958 and then in the Army Reserves.  While stationed in Germany, he played saxophone in the Army Band.    

Galen Beitz and Eleanor Haynes were married June 30, 1958, at the Hopkinton Methodist Church.  The couple moved to their farm East of Hopkinton in 1962, and purchased the farm in 1965.  Galen also sold seed corn for DeKalb, Trojan and Pfizer.  Galen helped pioneer some of the new farming ideas in the 1960’s being the first in the area to drill corn and use herbicides.  He also won many corn production awards during that time.

  Galen served on the Delaware County Mutual Insurance Board for 45 years, the Pork Producers and was a trustee for Hopkinton Methodist Church. He played for the Hopkinton Town Team in baseball and softball and saxophone in the Hopkinton Community Band and in the Buddy Freeze Band.

Surviving are four children, Carmela (Randy) Feldmann,  Robert (Sarah), James (Ronna) all of Hopkinton, and Debra (Chris) Hoyme, Decorah; nine grandchildren, Daniel (Shawna) Beitz, William (Lori) Feldmann, Charles (Emily) Feldmann, Stephanie (Curtis) Knapp, Rachel Beitz, Jackie Hoyme, Jenna Beitz Maria Hoyme, Kassie Hoyme; four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Tyler Beitz, Emma Feldman and Shaylynn Knapp;  his brother, John Max (Carol) Beitz, Hopkinton; a sister,  Geraldine (Raymond) Bley, Grand Junction, Colo;  three sisters-in-law, Claudia (Gordon) Keith, Mary Utley, Elizabeth Ulferts; a brother-in-law, Steven (Georgia) Haynes; and his good friend, Lucille Wilson.   

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Eleanor. 

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  the Hopkinton Ambulance Service or Senior Dining.

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