Doug Beilke, age 51, of St. James died on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System – St. James.

Doug Beilke, age 51, of St. James died on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System – St. James.

Funeral services were 10:30 am, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Bob Stover officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation was Friday from 4-8 pm at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com.

Douglas James Beilke was born May 1, 1966, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Orville and Laurel (Trebesch) Beilke. Doug grew up in the Morgan area. He graduated from Cedar Mountain School in 1985. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in April 1984, served for 21 years. He participated in Desert Storm Nov 1990 to May 1991 and Enduring Freedom from Jan 2003 to March 2004. Doug began working at Swift in 1988 and was still working for Smithfield Foods at the time of his death. Doug married Lisa Rathai on June 12, 1999 in Nashua, IA. Doug enjoyed spending time with his grandson Noah ‘Skeeter’, watching the Vikings and NASCAR.

Doug is survived by his wife Lisa of St. James, children, Teagan Beilke of Isanti, Derrick Beilke, Ashley Beilke and Jenika Rathai all of St. James, grandson Noah ‘Skeeter’ Beilke, his mother Laurel Beilke of Sleepy Eye, sisters and brother, Linda Strand, Diane (Dale) Eckstein, Paul Beilke all of Sleepy Eye, Laurie (Doug) Ophei of St. Peter, mother-in-law, Marcy Engelking of Puposky, sisters-in-law, Tami Rathai (Eric) of Apple Valley, Amber Rathai (Jon) of Bagley, father-in-law, Roy Rathai (Carol) of St. Paul. He is preceded in death by his father Orville, infant brother David, sister Pam Beilke, step-father-in-law, Scott Engelking and numerous aunts and uncles.