Leroy (Roy) Allen Beggs, 83, born at home on May 18, 1927, to Guy Allen and Pearle (Rogers) Beggs, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Roy would joke that he wanted to go to college, and through his giving of himself, Roy donated his body to the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines.
Roy was united in marriage to Norma Jeanne Morey on June 18, 1949. Roy and Normie treasured 60 years of life together. They were blessed with five children; Greg, Markeeta, Reeta, Jeff and Jack.
Roy was born on the family farm and lived there his entire life. Roy was very proud when the farm was named an ‘Iowa Century Farm’ in 2008. He devoted many of his years to farming and carpentry. Roy served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Clearfield Lions Club and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was also a 50-year member of the American Legion. He served on boards at the ASCS for 40 years and at Clearfield United Methodist Church, on the Assessor’s Review Committee and on the Clearfield school board. Roy enjoyed camping at the Iowa State Fair, visiting the Mississippi River and playing cards with friends. Roy always looked forward to spending Sunday afternoons playing games with his family.
Left to cherish Roy’s memory are his wife, Norma; five children: Greg Beggs of Clearfield, Markeeta (Craig) Baker of Bedford, Reeta (Gordon Still) England of Clearfield, Jeff Beggs of Creston and Jack (Kim) Beggs of Clearfield; 16 grandchildren: Matt and Amy Baker of Kansas City, Missouri, Marcy Baker of Clive, Brent Baker of Grundy Center, Sarah Beggs and Kurtis Freeman of Waukee, Abby and Wes Allen of Bozeman, Montana, Chris England of Clearfield, Jen England and Richard Castelan of Clearfield, Jamie Beggs of Creston, Casey Beggs and Ashley Tracy of Shenandoah and Celine and Jakob Beggs of Clearfield; five great-grandchildren: Zane and Mason Baker of Kansas City, Missouri, Keaton England of Clearfield, Kenna Castelan of Clearfield and Mattaya Allen of Bozeman, Montana; sisters-in-law: Merle Beggs, of Creston, Verla Monk of Clearfield, Fran Morey of Leon and Leona (Roger) Mahoney of Altoona; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Roy in death were his parents, Guy and Pearle Beggs, brother Don Beggs, brothers-in-law Dick Morey and Darrell Monk, nephew Curtis Morey and nieces Ginger Millemon and Susan Beggs.
Roy treasured his family and friends and felt time spent with them was a gift. A memorial fund has been established to the Clearfield Fire Department and Lenox Ambulance Service. Arrangements were made by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 2 at the Clearfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Bea Kinzler and Rev. Tim Maxa officiating. Musicians were Barb Scott and Chantelle Jennett.
Honorary pallbearers were Matt Baker, Marcy Baker, Brent Baker, Sarah Beggs, Abby Allen, Chris England, Jen England, Jamie Beggs, Casey Beggs, Celine Beggs and Jakob Beggs. Roy was laid to rest in the Clearfield Cemetery at Clearfield, Iowa.