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William J. Beecroft

Nov. 13, 1947 - Oct. 11, 2006

WORTHINGTON -- William J. "Bill" Beecroft, 58, of Worthington, formerly of the New London area, died Wednesday at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Worthington. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Belgrade to Jerome and Rhoda (King) Beecroft. He graduated from New London High School. He attended Pipestone Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1967 to 1968.

He married Mona Miller on Nov. 20, 1972. They later divorced. He worked as a meat cutter in a packing plant until he began working as a mental health program assistant for the State of Minnesota in 1985. He worked at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center and South Winds ACT.

He married Rita Tolsma on Feb. 26, 2005. He retired Sept. 6, 2005.

He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, the New London-Spicer American Legion, Ducks Unlimited, Spicer Alcoholics Anonymous, and ASCME Local 701.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Nadiah Beecroft (and Ken Korbel) of Willmar, Amanda Beecroft of St. Cloud; stepchildren: Brendan Nagel of Muscatine, Iowa, Adam Nagel of St. Cloud, Danielle Tolsma of Worthington; and his siblings: Wayne (and Barb) Beecroft of New London, Joann (and George) Ryks of Pennock, Lela (and Wally) Carlson of Sunburg, Darlene Nielsen of St. Paul, Elaine (and Jim) Cyscon of Mesa, Ariz., and Susan Beecroft of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and an infant sister.