Louis Beutel


Louis W. Beutel, 79, a resident of Davenport, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Genesis Medical Center East Campus, Davenport following an extended illness.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Beutel were Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division Street, Davenport. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport with graveside military committal rites conducted by the American Legion Post, 26. Visitation was Thursday at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street.

Louis Wendell Beutel was born Sept. 19, 1930 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of Richard August and Beatrice Eleanor (Scott) Beutel.

He attended and was a graduated of the former Davenport High School.


Louis was a veteran of the Korean War, and was proud to serve our country in the U.S. Army.

 He was united in marriage to his “childhood” sweetheart, Mary Rita Kuemmerle. They were married on Sept. 4, 1954 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport. This past September they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

In 1952 Louis started work at Art Stone Company. In 1971 he became owner and the company name changed to Art Stone Monuments Company.

He was a member of the Monument Builders of North America, and had served as a past president, secretary and treasurer of the Illinois Monument Association. He was also a charter member of Our Lady of Victory Parish, the Davenport Moose, Knight of Columbus 532, and Msgr. Leo J. Feeney Assembly, 4th degree.

Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Victory Parish Capital Campaign or to the Edwin A. Motto Renal Dialysis Center.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Rita, Davenport; their four adopted children, daughter, Jill and Dennis Erb, Tokyo, Japan; sons, Larry (Kim) Beutel, Arizona; Steven Beutel, Davenport and, John and Terri Beutel, Davenport; seven grandchildren whom he was so proud of, his aunt, Betty Wisby Hall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and his beloved canine companion, Buttons.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Louie’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at Genesis East and a special thanks to the staff at the Edwin A. Motto Renal Dialysis Center.

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