Fred D. “Butch” Beman

Fred D. “Butch” Beman, 80, of Laramie, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Hospice of Laramie. He was born May 23, 1942 to Laurence and Helen (Judge) Beman in Valentine, Nebraska. His family moved to Laramie shortly after he was born.

He was married to Kathleen Stoddard from November of 1963 until her passing on May 21, 1997.

Butch opened B.G.B. Electric with Gary Scarpelli and Bob Bartley in 1983. They worked on various projects around Laramie until his retirement in 2008.  Although he enjoyed being in the outdoors and trap shooting his heaven on earth was the Keystone Cabin.

He was a member of the Laramie Elks Club, Rocky Mountain Elks and Mule Foundation, the NRA, and St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; parents; and siblings, Agnes Fend, Larry Beman, and Rita Harvey.

He is survived by his children, Chris Beman (Jeanette) and Brian Beman (Stacy); grandchildren, Jenny Catchpole (Marcus), Amanda Schultz (Seth), Ryan Beman (Elise), and Sean Beman (Kat); greatgrandchildren, Evelyn, Evert, Evan, Eve, Ben and Gavin; his significant other of 17 years, Leilani Hessen and her grandchildren.

Rosary service will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2023 at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Laramie, Laramie Elks Club, and/or the Laramie Trap Club.

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Condolences (22)

  • Brad M. Jackson

    So saddened to hear about Butch passing away. My sincere condolences to all of Butch's family & friends - he was an inspiration to me and my involvement in the Laramie community at a very young age. Our world will miss this great man!

  • Tom & Alice Wilhelm

    Our condolences to the Beman family. We were across the alley neighbors to Butch for 15 or so years when he lived on W Hill Road. Butch would drop everything to talk or to help us out. Of course, BGB gave lots of "Electrical TLC" to St. Laurence School, his alma mater! The gym lights are shining for a great man!

  • Vicki Heinrich

    Oh what a sweet man. Butch has been such a Beautiful person to everyone. I sure miss both Butch and Gary coming in every day lol to do work at Gem City Bone. You will be missed by all. Rest in peace. Vicki Heinrich

  • Dean and Sharon Attebery

    Our deepest sympathy to Leilani and the entire Beman family. Butch was a very special man; always caring and kind. Dean enjoyed being his friend since junior high school. Dean and Sharon Attebery

  • Kevin Prahl

    Thanks Butch, we were so lucky to have you as a friend, always had the time for all of us whenever

  • Tom Atwell & Linda Dugan

    OMG I found out by accident looking for someone else in the OBITS and Butch came up. My sorrow to the Beman family, words cannot express, feelings. Leilani we think we know how you feel and are with you. We have not seen enough of you guys since moving to Laramie but now and then our paths would connect, and always good vists. For the family, your Dad, Leilani, and myself belong to a very special club. We are WESTIDERS from Laramie and we all still talk to each other. Last I must share a story which I remember to be true. Butch, with help from his brother Larry, had a 1947 Plymouth with a flatheat 6 cylender engine. They split the manafold and put on glasspact mufflers, added some carberation. I thought what were you thinking, this is a V8 world! Then I found out that Sucker would run. I MISS YOU BEMAN !

  • Craig and Peggy Beman

    So sorry to hear of Butch's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him and anytime we had the chance to be together. He was always kind and a great cousin... Praying for you'all... God bless you...

  • Dan Nelson

    Saddened with the passing of Butch. A long time friend, he did work for me at my home and rewired the Laramie Plains Museum when we restored it in the 1990's. Wonder job BGB. We often talked about his love for Keystone and the old John Stein cabin. He was a fine human being and always greeting me with a smile and a twinkle in his eye like you were just the person he was waiting to see. I'm sure many of his friends got the same reception. Eternal rest is now yours fine friend.

  • Mark and Susie Markus

    We are sending love and our condolences to all of Butch’s family.

  • Steve & Janice Brown

    We were so sorry to hear of Butch passing. He was an amazing man who loved his family deeply. Leilani, you two had so much fun together. Travels, the cabin and making memories. Love & friendship. Keeping all in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Stan Bugg

    Lelani, Brian, Chris so sorry for your loss. Butch was a great man and a good father and husband. Will miss him. He was a great uncle to me. You will be in my prayers.

  • Anonymous

    An amazingly kind and truly good man. His legacy will live on in all he knew. He will be missed. Praying for you all. Laurie Heath, HoL

  • Gary Hamik

    Was sorry to hear about the passing of cousin Butch. We always enjoyed his visits to the Atkinson area. Great stories and memories. I regret not visiting the family in Laramie. Condolences to the family. May he rest in PEACE. Gary Hamik family.

  • Scott & Alice Miller

    Thank you, Butch, for our 60+ year friendship. I'll carry you in my heart always, along with great memories of the fishing trips spent together. You were one of the best friends & co-workers a guy could ever ask for. Loved watching your family grow and feel privileged to remain a small part of their lives. Passing through Keystone will include fond memories of you & Leilani and our treasured time spent together. Scotty & Alice Miller

  • Gary and Marilyn Scarpelli

    Lelani, all of your beautiful family, we are sending your love and prayers. Butch had a larger than life personality and 9ne of the most loving, giving hearts and he sure could sing! We've had quite a journey with our friendship. So many memories. We love all of you.

  • Gary and Marilyn Scarpelli

    Butch had a larger than life personality with loving, cring heart. Always had a smile and he had a darn good voice. Our lives were so blessed to have him in our lives. We had quite a journey with all of the family. Our prayers and love are with all of you. Lelani and Butch had the best 17 years ever. RIP Butch.

  • Becky Hamik Watts

    Butch was a great man. I didn’t get to see my cousin often, but always enjoyed being in his company — a strong yet kind and humble man. Condolences to Leilani, children and grandchildren.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sad to hear about the death of my cousin Butch. He was a terrific human being. Always smiling. Loved the outdoors. My deepest condolences to the family. Mary Jo Humpal Hoffman

  • Anonymous

    Donna Beman, sympathy to all

  • Cindy Casper

    I am so sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to your entire family. So many great memories with Butch ❤️ Love, Cindy (Beman) Casper

    • Jim and Estella Hanson

      So sorry to hear of Butchs passing he was a great cousin e enjoyed when he came to keyhole n swim meets he also let us girl cousins use the cabin for a wonderful.weekend


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