Kenneth "Wing" Joseph Beaulieu Sr., 66, of Bemidji, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his home.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake, Minn. with Rev. Nick Hill officiating. A wake will begin Sunday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Building and continue until the time of the service. Burial will be in the spring in Sugar Bush Township Cemetery in rural Bemidji under the direction of Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Pallbearers will be Leroy "Puff" Whitebird, Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird, Robert Headbird, Richard "Ole" Brown, Jules Fairbanks and William Beaulieu.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Loeken, Gary Nelson, Byron Johnson, Daniel Hardy and all of his family, racing buddies and friends.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1942, to George and Ida (Fairbanks) Beaulieu in Cass Lake. He attended schools in the Bemidji area. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and attended welding school. He moved to the Twin Cities area and owned B and S Auto Repair. He moved to the Bemidji area and owned West End Auto Repair in Cass Lake.
He enjoyed racing cars for many years in the Twin Cities and at the Bemidji Speedway. He also enjoyed hunting, playing darts, blackjack, going to casinos, attending powwows and being with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Beaulieu of Bemidji; daughters, Shannon Jones, Lorraine Beaulieu of Bemidji, Theresa Beaulieu of Bemidji and Ida Beaulieu of Bemidji; sons, Edward Fairbanks of Minneapolis, Anthony Libby of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Kenneth Beaulieu Jr. of Bemidji and George Beaulieu of Pipestone, Minn.; brothers, Roy Beaulieu of Bemidji, David Beaulieu of Bemidji, Larry Beaulieu of Cass Lake and Anson Beaulieu Sr. of Bemidji; sisters, Margaret Hardy of Cass Lake, Shirley Beaulieu of Bemidji and Donna Beaulieu of Bemidji; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith Wiese Beaulieu; brother, Robert Holstein, nephew, George Dennis Beaulieu, and ex-wife Veronica Fairbanks.