James Edward “Eddie” Begley, 87 of Marion died Monday March 25, 2019 at Living Center West. Services at 11:00 AM on Saturday at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 5 to 8 PM on Friday.
Survivors include his four sons, Sam (Linda) of Concord, California, Dan (Sue) of Cedar Rapids, Tim (Eliza) of Brownsville, Texas and Paul (Betty) of Wilton; four sisters Mary Pfiefer of Iowa city, Nancy Pettit of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Joanne Beltz of Amana, Jeanne Pratt of Cedar Rapids; and one brother John Begley of Marion. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister Darlene and a brother Dickey.
Eddie was born on November 15, 1931 in Springville the son of James J. and Nellie (Austin) Begley. He married Alberta J. “Bertie” Paul on June 11, 1950 in Center Point. Bertie passed away in 2014.
Eddie worked for the REC on the line crew and later in meter service for over 48 years, retiring in 1997. He was a former member of the Marion City Council, Marion Lions Club, Marion City Park Board, Marion Tree Board and the REAP Board.
Eddie was an avid fan and enjoyed anything to do with Hawkeye sports. He also enjoyed watching girls’ softball, camping, and wintering in Brownsville, Texas after his retirement.
Eddie will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him. Memorial donations may be given to Trees Forever in Eddie’s name.