John Richard Begolka
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ATLANTA -- John Richard Begolka, 80, of
Atlanta, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at 10:15 p.m. at Asta Care
Center in Bloomington.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Quiram-Peasley
Funeral Home in Atlanta.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the
Atlanta United Methodist Church. The Rev. Rob Roy
Burial will be in Roaches Chapel
Cemetery, rural McLean.
Mr. Begolka was a farmer and businessman all of
his life. For many years, he was the owner and
operator of Quality Pork Farms and a co-owner of C n
D Cycle Sales in Atlanta.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to
1955, teaching airplane mechanics at Chanute Air
Force Base in Rantoul.
He was born on Jan. 26, 1931, in Lincoln. His
parents were Arthur and Louise Gardner Begolka. He
married Carol June Fox at the First Baptist Church
in Mount Carroll on Sept. 13, 1959.
He is survived by his wife, of Atlanta; five
children, Bradley (and Tammy) Begolka of Armington,
Gerald (and Dawn) Begolka of Atlanta, Barbara
Begolka of Peoria, Janice Begolka (and Robert Weiss)
of Atlanta and Beverly Begolka (and Will Thomas) of
Bloomington; one brother, Charles (and Katherine)
Begolka of Atlanta; one sister, Alice (and Mel)
Groth of Fort Scott, Kan.; nine grandchildren, John
Cunningham, Braden (and Sarah) Begolka, Nicholas
Begolka, Candice Begolka, Jeffery Wilcoxson, Zachery
Wilcoxson, Sara Begolka, Nathan Hawley and Tyler
Begolka; and two great-grandchildren, Clayton
Begolka and Savannah Begolka.
He was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist
Church, American Legion, National Farmer's
Organization, National Rifle Association, Lion's
Club and American Motorcycle Association. Over the
years, he served as a member of the township board
and on the East Lincoln Farmer's Grain Elevator
When he retired in 2003, he spent much happy time
restoring antique tractors.
Memorials may be made to Passages Hospice in
Bloomington, the Atlanta United Methodist Church or
the Atlanta Rescue Squad.
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