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Beebe celebrates professional milestone

Jim Beebe (right) was honored recently for attaining 50 years of service in the funeral home business. He is the fourth member of his family to achieve the 50-year mark. Previously honored were his parents, Laurence and Adeline, as well as his brother John. Pictured (left to right) are current operators of Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services, Beebe Chapel, Brian Young and Jodie Bakken Young, along with Sharon Beebe and Jim Beebe. They are holding the four plaques presented to each of the Beebe fami...

For more than 100 years, the Beebe family has been involved in the funeral home business in New Richmond.

On June 12, the fourth member of the Beebe clan was honored with a certificate of recognition for 50 years service to the funeral director's profession. He was honored by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association at its 132nd annual convention.

Prior to Jim Beebe's recognition, his parents Laurence and Adeline and his brother John were also honored for 50 years in the funeral home business.

Jim Beebe said it's unusual for four members of the same family to share the honor of 50 years of service.

"I've looked forward to this for a number of years," he said. Beebe sold his family's funeral home and furniture business in 2008 but has maintained his involvement in the profession. He continues to complete continuing education credits necessary to maintain his licensure.

"I still consider myself quite active," he said.

During his career, Beebe served 13 years on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. He also served as president for the Chippewa-St. Croix Funeral Directors Association district organization.

At this year's annual convention, six people were honored with 50-year plaques, but only four could attend the event.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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