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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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William “Bill’ Beals

Our dad wasn’t a simple man, but lived by a simple message. Do what you want, and go have fun. William David Beals, better known as “Bill” aka Bones, lived his life carrying out and practicing that message; through culinary arts from the East coast, to the southwest, to the Midwest. Passing down traditions of making homemade pizza with his family for dinner, dressing as a clown every Halloween for his kids, gardening where he grew pumpkins so big, his youngest son was able to sit inside of it. He even made sure raking the leaves was fun for the family, like getting bags that looked like jack-o-lanterns and making a scarecrow out of it. He appreciated laughter and activity, and as long as his family was around, he was truly having fun. 


Bill created a second family, the community of New Rockford, ND. From the east to the south to the midwest, he created bonds, still has family there, but here he chose to stay, to create, to evolve, live life, plant roots and make memories in this town. He loved where ever he went, he saw a “family member.” He never believed blood is what you made family, and he truly considered the residents of New Rockford his family. Every single day our father was present on this Earth, he got to live the way he wanted, with family. 


Bill was born in Weymouth, MA, January 22, 1961. Bill grew up with two older brothers Mark and Richard, and a younger sister, Diane, spent time learning the arts of cooking from his father Walter, and mother Elizabeth. His favorite activity on the east coast was playing basketball at Weston Park, where he acquired the nickname “bones.”


In 1976, his family moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ, where they opened a restaurant called “The Peppermill.” Here our dad truly got the best of both worlds, working as a chef in a family owned restaurant, it was here he met Leann, the future mother of his children, partner, remaining best friends till the end. 


The Peppermill family chose to sell, and with Bill being a dad, looking to the future, he decided to relocate the family somewhere with less heat, so his kids could enjoy playing outside, after a short stint in Aberdeen, SD, him and Leann purchased a restaurant in New Rockford, ND, and it was called “Bill’s Place.” Years of running a business, catering weddings and events, dads path ended up landing him in multiple positions, one being the chef at the old golf club, help renovating it into a new, and bringing fine dining to the town. He was the Office Deputy of the Sheriff’s department, and helped organize and attend many events, such as “Shop with the Cop” and the “Sheriff’s Fishing Derby.”


Our dad was a working man, a giving man, who showed appreciation and love through cooking for others, and giving his all to his community and family.


Preceded in death by his parents Walter and Elizabeth Beals and brother Mark Beals.


Bill is survived by his 3 kids, Nathan Beals, Kaitlynn Brock, and Jacob Brock; Sister Diane “Bubu” Wiland, and brother Richard “Dick” Beals; Parents Chuck and Donna Proefrock, and multiple nieces and nephews. 


“Do what you want, and go have fun.” – William David Beals

Celebration of life will be held Monday, June 21, 2021, at the New Rockford Golf Course from 5:30pm-7:30pm, light dinner provided with a toast to Bill scheduled at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcomed to join the “party” as he requested.

New Rockford Golf Course Address: 6791 20th St NE, New Rockford ND 58356

Posted Condolences:


  1. What a kind man. BILL you will be missed in our community 😢💔

  2. we are deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful man, true friend to our family, we will miss him dearly

  3. Another a great man gone too soon!! Will miss the meaningful conversations we would have just bumping into him at the store. Love you all!

  4. My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. I’m sure he will be missed, not only by his courthouse family, but by everyone who knew him. He was kind, fun loving, and a joy to be around. I loved his east coast accent! Rest in peace my friend.

  5. God rest your loved soul. Cook 👨‍🍳 on my family, cook on.

  6. Dear Kaity, Jacob, and Nathan, We are so sorry that your dad passed away but feel better that he is now pain free and probably an angel to so many. All the years we have known each other I can’t think of a better person to call my friend. I still remember him being my boss (not that I always listened) and we would end up laughing when I would screw up an order!! Our families intertwined for many years and that I will miss. You kids are welcome here anytime and we are just a phone call away.

  7. RIP Bones thank you for my 7 course meal at Havasu Springs many years ago for Tracy and myself.

  8. BONES you will be missed
    but no chicken guts
    your friend MEATLOAF

  9. Bill you left us way to early. It has been along time that we seen eachother but you left good memories that I wont forget. Find peace and one day we will all be together again.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved your father so much. We had so many years of fun. He is an amazing man. I will miss him❤️🦋

  11. Bill was one of a kind. I enjoyed getting to know him and his family when they moved to New Rockford. Bill will be sadly missed in the community. His presence will still be felt thru all the people that he has touched and will live on thru the memories that we have of this wonderful person.
    RIP Bill and keep cooking.

  12. Sorry for your loss. Our fourth of July’s won’t be the same with out Bill. He loved coming to Tys or our house for the 4th he loved the load fireworks we had. He will always be remembered as part of our family

  13. Such a kind and wonderful man gone too soon. It was always a pleasure seeing him when we were in New Rockford-being a part of his extended family was a blessing. I am so sorry we won’t be able to be at Bill’s celebration of life, but we will keep you all in our prayers🙏🏻and will cherish all the memories of this special man💙

  14. Dear Beals Family, Sorry for your loss.Heaven has taken another good soul way to early.

  15. Sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working for and with Bill at “Bill’s Place” here in town. He was a kind and gentle man and I only wish I had known him better.

  16. Randy and I want you know how very sorry we are. He was so very kind and wished things were different

  17. We truly enjoyed visiting with Bill and helping him at the Eagles. He was a super guy and cook.


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