David Roy Begeman

April 7, 1950October 4, 2021

PEKIN ~ David Roy Begeman, 71, of Pekin, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born April 7, 1950 in Romeo, MI to Otto and Evelyn (Mahaffey) Begeman, he married Sandra Morrison April 13, 1969 in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Amy (Louie) Gosnell of Pekin; two sons, Eric (Tonia Gianessi) Begeman and Tim (Cindy) Begeman, both of Pekin; seven grandchildren, Kayla (Timothy) Pritchard, Keegan Begeman, Kolton Begeman, Gage Begeman, Gavin Huddleston, Camden Begeman, all of Pekin, and Skyler Welbourne of Peoria; two great-grandchildren; four brothers and one sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one grandson.

David held many different careers, he started at Northern Petro Chemical, then moved to Illinois- American Water Company. He next made the move to Pekin Insurance, where he stayed until his retirement.

He was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and gardening. His garage was his second home, his “man-cave”.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the Pituitary Network Association, To express condolences online, visit


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Harmony Liles

October 16, 2021

I just want to say that Dave Begeman was a great man and he loved his family very very much! I know this, because I saw the love and some of the times he spent w my two boys: Keegan & Kolton.. and I know the great love that they’ve always had deep down for this man. He was a great grand father . My boys grandfather. It saddens me that Dave is gone. He was always so nice to me. I know that tomorrow is Dave’s celebration of life and I truly hope his life is celebrated with smiles, happy tears, love, support & plenty of remembrance. Dave would want it this way. My condolences to my two boys, my beautiful grandson Ethan, Sandy, Amy, Tim, Eric, Kayla, Skyler and all of their family members and everyone else whom this great loss has effected. RIP Dave Begeman. 🙏💙

Amy Gosnell

October 14, 2021

Dad , you taught me so many different things without me even knowing, from family values to working hard to fishing an much more I may be grown now but I will always be your little girl I will forever miss you and love you thankyou so much for the 52 wonderful years of being my dad you will be greatly missed but never forgotten

Cindy Begeman

October 10, 2021

Dave, you were a great Father in Law to me, We had some great times fishing, and when I went hunting for the first time with you and Tim and nearly froze, and you told me to not be a sissy, also I enjoyed just having conversations, you will forever be in my heart

Eric Begeman

October 8, 2021

My dad strongest man I ever known. My hero my best friend. Taught me how to be him and it worked and now I can pass that on to my boy which he will be proud of. Love you dad always. 10 4 on that. My buddy

Kayla Pritchard

October 8, 2021

Pops, if I were to share all the moments we shared I’d be typing for days. Although 2021 was a rough one for you, I hold it close to my heart. I was able to spend so much time with you ( daily ) and we made some pretty awesome memories. Though there were battles, we found the moments of JOY and those those moments I cherish. You weren’t just my grandpa , you were my GRAND FATHER. You nudged me to talk to T, You walked me down the aisle, you provided for me, you loved me even though I challenged everything because I was like you … stubborn! I know you smiled each time you thought I couldn’t and then I did! I admired your work ethic to provide as a very very young girl and wanted to model that throughout my life. I loved when you told me to brush my teeth and make good grades. We were honored to take you on your first flight to the beach where you and sis saw a dolphin and you wouldn’t stop sharing it for months! Thank you for loving little sis as your “ grand doggie” Thank you for having me as your first mouse .

I love you DAVID , papa, pops, gramps

your life was pieces to the puzzle of who I am

I am mad that you are gone though because I am crying uncontrollably and spontaneously and you know how we feel about crying…

As you would say “ it’s a part of life” BUT this part I am not fond of.

I miss you , I love you and I will see you again 🤍

Randy Mansfield

October 8, 2021

You were a great friend Have many memories Taking your butt to work on the back of my motorcycle drinking Many many Beers 🍺 You were the best fish fryer The only fish I would ever eat to this day have not fish since The last fish fry at your house I could go on and on my condolences to Sandi Tim Eric Amy and the rest of the family I Better leave it at that rest in peace brother love Randy and family

Sherrie Fulton

October 7, 2021

I grew up with Amy therefore I grew up with Dave & Sandy. They were my second parents. I called them mom & dad. Im so saddened to read he lost the battle but he sure showed great strength and put up a fight. I remember seeing Dave every day after work at Pekin Insurance because I believe he worked second shift. Im so sorry you all lost a father, a husband, a grandfather. Sandy my thoughts & hugs are with you.

Kolton Begeman

October 7, 2021

I’ll never forget all the great times we had outdoors u taught me to be a great outdoorsman

David Block

October 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss. We had many good times .

Vicki Grashoff

October 7, 2021

RIP Dave. You were always such a sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of loss