William J. Begue

June 15, 1931March 18, 2013

William J. Begue 81, passed away March 18, 2013. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 15, 1931. He received his BS from the College of St. Thomas graduated summa cum laude, Masters and PHD from University of Minnesota in Microbiology and taught medical students while at the University of Kentucky. He served his county in the US Air Force; he was a veteran of the Korean War and retired as a Colonel from the reserves. He was a microbiologist for Eli Lilly for 26 years, retiring in 1993. He attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was a member of Elks, Reserve Association, Retired Officers Association, Air Force Association, Sigma XI and the American Society of Microbiologists. Bill is preceded in death by his parents William J. and Catherine A. (Cross) Begue, his beloved wife Jane Elizabeth (Curtis) Begue, daughter Mary Rose, son John Andrew Begue. He is survived by his children Jane E. (Michael) Irwin, Catherine C. Begue, William J. Begue and granddaughter Kelly (Nick) Lietz. Visitation will be Saturday March 23 from 11 am – 12 pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 pm. Entombment will be at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Services entrusted to Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to St. Elizabeth/Colman Pregnancy and Adoption Service or St Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 23, 2013

William J. Begue

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LTC Fred and Sheila Priest

March 25, 2013

Cathy and Jane, Our sympathies and condolences on the loss of your Father. We were so glad to visit with Bill in his home last August. He was so glad to recall our Wing Assistance Visits with the 434th. I am so honored to have served with Bill starting with the 9591st ARS at Ft. Benjamin Harrison,IN. God Bless

Anna Wagner

March 23, 2013

Bill and Jane, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I can't believe how many years have passed but I have fond memories of you and your family. Please accept my condolences on the loss of both of your parents.

March 22, 2013

Dear Jane and Mike,

My deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of your father. I hope the fond memories of your father will lessen the heartache and help you replace the sorry with a smile in your heart during this period of sorry now and in the future.

Your high school and college friend,

Rick Barr

Netta Washington

March 22, 2013

Mr. Bill is where he wants to be with Jane. I will miss you both. All my love.

Kathy Hedlund

March 21, 2013

Cathy and Jane,
My prayers are with you and your family,during this difficult time. Take comfort, knowing your dad was ready for our Lord and anxious to be with Janie. Your parents are wonderful people and have touched my life more than you will ever know.
Sorry,I will not be able to attend the service. I have a family wedding Saturday.
I wish you both the best.

Joseph Riedman

March 21, 2013

To Bill Begue's family: I will remember him and all the family in my Masses and prayers. Eternal rest grant to him,O Lord. Msgr. J. J. Riedman

Erin Ozolins

March 21, 2013

I work at Indiana Heart Physicians and have registered both Bill & Jane too many times to count...they were not only patients here at this office but I considered both close friends. I am extremely sad to see that Bill has passed but happy that he will be back with his love Jane again. My Condolences, love, and hugs go out to all of their family and friends...he was a wonderful man and I will miss him as I do Jane, very very much! xoxo

March 21, 2013

so sorry for your loss. the Bible gives a wonderful hope of seeing loved ones again (john11:22-25)

Karla Wire

March 21, 2013

Many fond memories of Bill warm my heart. Rest in peace and give Jane a hug for me!

Joseph LaFauci

March 19, 2013

Leah and I send our condolences and prayers. Joe LaFauci