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Beverly “Bev” Marie (Gustafson) Suedkamp went peacefully with the Lord on January 4, 2023,
at her home while having a sleepover with her daughter.
Bev was born October 10, 1947, to Hank “Gus” Gustafson and Eva Marie (Rhoads) Gustafson in
Gillette, WY. Bev was a daddy’s girl and loved to go to the ranch, hunt and camp with him. She
became a big sister to Bobbi Jo, Bill, Jerry “Gus” and Lori. Bev was a feisty sibling, with too
many stories to share. All we know is, you didn’t want to be on her bad side as a kid.
Bev married Greg Marsh in October of 1966. To this union two children were born. Shawn
Marsh in August of 1968 and Kodi (Marsh) Cowen in August of 1971. The family resided in rural
Campbell County, Spearfish, SD and Brighton, Co. They enjoyed rodeo and ranch life, family,
and outdoor activities. Bev loved to attend high school rodeos to watch Shawn and his close
In November 1986, Bev married her best friend and soulmate William (Dr. Bill) Suedkamp. Bill
and Bev made their home in Gillette, later fulfilling their dream of purchasing a ranch west of
Gillette on Wild Horse Creek. Bev gained two bonus sons of this union, Will and Mike
Suedkamp. In 1989 Bev became a doting grandmother to Austin Cowen and in 1992 to Dalton
Cowen. Bev was her grandsons’ biggest fan, watching them play basketball, tennis and their
true passion, baseball. “Gran” was known to secretly slip the boys some money when she hugged them
Bev enjoyed trips with her sisters, her daughter and many friends. She enjoyed her flowers and
loved all animals; especially her dogs, cats, chickens, lambs and baby calves in the spring. She
was an avid watcher of all wildlife and birds. Bev was known for her frequent trips to town for
a fountain vanilla Pepsi. She could also be found in the “scooter” with Shawn for quality time
checking fences, water and general ranch operations. Bev loved to go to the mountains with
Kodi. She loved the sound of the creeks running, seeing the wildflowers in the spring and the
turning of fall colors, especially the aspens. Bev will best be remembered for her courage and
loving and giving spirit. She loved fiercely and unapologetically, a true original and now an
angel. She never wanted for anything but would give anybody everything.
Her legacy lives on through her son Shawn, daughter Kodi, bonus sons Will (Jay) Suedkamp,
Mike (Darci) Suedkamp; sister Bobbi Jo (Jim) Noecker, Bill (Beckie) Gustafson, Jerry “Gus” (Tina)
Gustafson, Lori (Dennis) Geiss; grandsons Austin (Shelby) Cowen, Dalton (Elenna) Cowen; great
grandchildren Kai, Kenley and Kase Cowen and Linden Cowen; many nieces, nephews and
She was greeted in heaven by her beloved husband Bill, parents Hank and Eva Marie, sister-inlaw
Rena Marsh, niece Shanie Patterson, great grandson baby Will James Cowen, mother in law
Betty Dorr, father in law Delmer Marsh and her ride or die friend, Stevie Wilson.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
There will be a private celebration at a later date. Memorial in Bev’s name are suggested to
benefit Fur Kids Foundation. Donations and condolences can be sent in care of Gillette
Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St. Gillette, WY 82716.
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