Kenneth L. Beaulieu
April 14, 1936 – November 5, 2020
Survived by his wife, Rose Beaulieu; children: Pam Beaulieu, Scott (Lisa Gobar) Beaulieu, Jacque (Jeff) Zimmerman; nine grandchildren. Pre-deceased by his son, Randy (Jennifer) Beaulieu.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Monday, November 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 10am at S. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7790 S. 192nd St. in Gretna. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page
IN LOVING MEMORY OF KEN BEAULIEU
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend, The Life of the Party, Genuine, Kindhearted, Fun loving, Affectionately referred to as “Kenny” or “Frenchy”. Born in Frederic, Wisconsin on April 14, 1936, Graduated in 1954 from Frederic High School. Married Rosemary on January 26, 1957.
On his own by the age of 13 after his father died, Ken worked as a farm hand for room and board and after school at a gas station, played high school football and was homecoming king. He and his two brothers looked out for their little sister Rosie and bought her first bicycle when she was 10. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis in search of work, finding his way into management training at F.W. Woolworth Company where he met Rosemary. In 1963, with his wife and three children, he took a chance on a Ben Franklin franchise opportunity in Sioux City, IA. Ken worked hard, even playing drums in a country band on the weekends to help make ends meet. He eventually parlayed his Ben Franklin partnership into five stores in Sioux City, Fort Dodge, IA and Papillion, NE. He spent the last 20+ years of his career as a successful real estate agent. After retirement in 2011, Ken and Rose moved to Omaha to be near family.
Ken enjoyed a quick game of pitch with his buddies, was an avid Minnesota Twins baseball fan along with “Coach Rose”. He cherished the annual fishing trip with his brothers Jerry and Laverne, which has grown into a tradition including sons and grandsons. When it came to golf, if ever there was an example of “driving for show and putting for dough”, Ken was it, especially if there was a friendly wager.
He loved attending extended family gatherings as well as Football, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Show Choir, Recitals, and other activities of the grandkids.
The ultimate people person, stranger to no one. He always wore a smile and sometimes a mischievous grin as he loved to tease and bring smiles to others – even sometimes at his own expense, relaying stories of clumsy mishaps over the years (ask us about the hot tub!).
Ken was a dedicated, loving husband and father who had a positive outlook, never dwelling on the past – loved life and embraced it. He left an everlasting impact on the lives of many. We will miss him dearly.
For those of you who have an hour or so (that’s our disclaimer!), and want know more about Ken’s story (much of it in his own words on video), here’s a link to the video that we put together three years ago, to celebrate Ken & Rose’s 60th wedding anniversary, as well as both of their 80th birthdays: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3K31R9NCidQLBaM59