William (Bill) Bealles, age 60 of Dundas, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday morning, October 31, 2023, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis following an extended illness.
William John Bealles III was born June 11, 1963, in Steubenville, Ohio, to William J. and Maryann R. (Steiner) Bealles. While growing up, Bill’s love for traveling began since his family moved often for his dad’s work. They lived in Pittsburgh, Steubenville, Chicago, Toledo, Kennedy, Texas, Lodi, California, and back to the Chicago area. In 1981 Bill graduated from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. His athletic talents lead him to the football program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. After completing his freshman year at Northern Illinois he transferred to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls to play football for the late football legend, Darrel Mudra and his offensive line coach, Coach Klinker. In 1986, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. After a short stint in the NFL, playing with the Saints and Dolphins, he returned to UNI where he worked on his master’s degree and coached with the UNI football team.
In the summer of 1990, Bill met his future wife Janet Lee Rabb. They met at a fundraiser golf outing for UNI football. They were paired together to sell raffle tickets and after that evening, Janet called home and told her parents that she just met the man that she was going to marry. In 1991, after completing school at UNI, both Janet and Bill moved to Colorado where Bill coached football for Ft. Lewis College in Durango. A year later they moved to Plymouth, Minnesota, where Bill took a job with General Mills and began his career in food production. On July 24, 1993, Bill and Janet married in Sioux City, Iowa. After marriage they made their home in St. Paul. Bill worked in various cities over the years, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Toledo, Ohio, Mansfield, Ohio, and Battle Creek, Michigan. In 2004, Bill started working with Malt-O-Meal and in 2006 the family moved to Northfield. Over the last years, as his health declined, he worked various jobs - most recently with the City of Northfield.
Bill enjoyed fishing, old movies, road trips, his dog Lilly, college football and following the University of Northern Iowa Panthers football. Above all he loved and cherished his wife and sons. Bill was funny, generous, intelligent and a good friend. Everyone felt that Bill missed his true calling and should have been a writer. His regular phone calls and text groups with his friends and family will be missed and created cherished, legendary memories especially the many that resulted in uncontrollable laughter. Bill went to extraordinary measures in maintaining relationships with friends that spanned grade school, high school, college, career years and beyond. He will be missed by many dear friends from all over the country.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years Janet; his sons Alex of Northfield, Andrew of Bemidji; his mother Maryann of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. He is also survived by three siblings, being especially close with his sister Marianne Bealles of West Palm Beach, FL, his brother, Jeffrey Bealles of Royal Palm Beach, FL, and countless aunts, uncles, niece and nephew, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Willam J Bealles, II.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 4 to 7 at the Reunion, in Northfield, Minnesota. In remembrance of Bill Bealles’ life, the family asks that donations be made to the Panther Legacy Club to support Bill’s beloved UNI Panther football.
Panther Legacy Club
PO Box 1224
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Arrangements are with the Bierman, Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com