Joseph E. Begany
September 18, 1955 – June 30, 2019
Joseph E. Begany, age 63, died in Carlisle Township, Ohio around 2:30 pm on June 30th, 2019 in an accident while flying his single-engine Piper Cub airplane. He is survived by his partner Janet Hoffmaster, his three adult children Ryan Begany, Matthew Begany, and Katelyn Arnemann, his granddaughter Samantha, and his siblings Andrea, Dorothy, Kaylyn, Mike, and Joanna, and a huge list of additional family and friends.
He was born on September 18th, 1955 near Fort Worth, Texas to Andrew and Barbara (Shrode) Begany, and was the oldest of six children. His father served in the U.S. Air Force, which took the family across the country until Joe graduated from Fairview High School. In his childhood, his adventurous and curious spirit was apparent to his siblings. For example, they remember he’d zip ahead of them while ice skating on the frozen creek, leaping full-speed over downed logs and rocks. An exceptional athlete, Joe competed in the state track and field championships for long jump.
He attended Kent State, where he received his Bachelor’s from the School of Architecture and Environmental Design. While at Kent, his creative talent and mechanical aptitude became obvious, culminating in the design and construction of his first wooden-geared clock. He went on to demonstrate his masterpieces on the Morning Show and displayed them in galleries. While attending school, he met his former wife, Peggy (Humel) Herman.
Joe returned to Fairview Park, Ohio to raise his three children and begin his career as an architect at NASA Glenn Research Center, where he worked for close to 30 years. His children fondly remember him as a devoted and loving father. He was involved in their school projects, clubs, and sporting events. He never missed a game and was an enthusiastic and vocal fan.
Joe was a hobbyist and sports enthusiast. He had a lifelong interest in sailing and airplanes, participating in sailboat races, RC helicopter competitions, golf and foosball tournaments, and fly-ins in his single-engine Piper Cub airplane. He was planning to build his own airplane and dreamed of one day flying it around the world.
Janet, his partner of 13 years, met him at a bachelor auction. While she didn’t win the auction, she feels she won the prize. They traveled extensively, and in a few years were hoping to retire in North Carolina.
Joe’s larger-than-life personality, laughter, and enthusiasm will live on in our memories. He was a good, honest man and lived his life whole-heartedly. For those who knew and loved him, his silence is deafening.
- Andrew R. Begany -, Father
- Barbara L. Schrode Begany -, Mother
- Janet Hoffmaster -, Partner
- Ryan Begany -, Son
- Matthew Begany -, Son
- Katelyn Arnemann -, Daughter
- Samantha -, Granddaughter
- Andrea, Dorothy, Kaylyn, Mike and Joanna -, Siblings
- Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, July 7, 2019
Joseph E. Begany
July 7, 2019
I met Joe through our local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), located at Skypark Airport, in Wadsworth.
Albeit I did not know Joe well, I do remember his joyous attitude and slightly dry sense of humor. It was a given, at some point during our monthly EAA gathering, he would bring a smile to your face.
On Sunday June 30th, just hours before his accident, Joe and I enjoyed a warm conversation. We chatted about our interest, our upbringing, and of all things – our fathers. Joe’s warm personality invited you into the conversation; and you felt comfortable in his presence. It was within those few moments that I felt a friendship brewing.
Joe will be missed – he will not be forgotten.
July 6, 2019
Joe and I trained together as Sport Pilots at Zone Aviation in their Light Sport Flight Design CTLS. In the years that followed we would often meet at fly-ins and aviation seminars and share our love of aviation. From this time forward, when I attend a fly-in or seminar, I'll look around for my friend Joe. There will be an empty seat or an empty spot on the parking ramp. Those spots will be reserved for Joe because his spirit will be there. I'll miss you my aviation friend..
July 5, 2019
My 17 year old son Ben is a member of the EAA Chapter 846. On the Sunday that Joe passed away, Ben spent time with him at Skypark airport going over his flight time for his Scholarship that Joe helped him with, before Joe took off to head back to Elyria. One of the first things that Ben said when he found out about Joe, was that the EAA meetings were never going to be the same without him.
“Mom, he lightened everything up and had such a good sense of humor”. This past week my son did his first two “Cross Country” flights towards his private pilot license. I know as he was flying and continues to do so, that he will always keep Joe close in his thoughts because he was and will always be one of my son’s mentors along the path to becoming a pilot. Joe’s passion for flying will live on forever!!