Stephen Begle1939 - 2010
Stephen L. Begle, 71, of Cheboygan, passed away Monday
at the Hospice House of Cheboygan after a short battle
with sudden lung illness.
Steve was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 30, 1939, the son of
David and Gwendolyn (Hibbs) Begle.
Steve and his brother Peter were raised on a farm in Unionville, Michigan. Steve
graduated from West Bloomfield High School and went on to attend Michigan Tech
and Western Michigan universities, earning a degree in education. He taught high
school and coached football in Gobles, Michigan. Steve left teaching to work in
agricultural chemical sales for ChemAgro, UnionCarbide and DuPont. He also spent
time managing the Timber Ridge Ski Area in southwestern Michigan,
Steve and his family moved home to Michigan from Oregon in 1976, They spent a
year on Bois Blanc Island where he and his first wife, Susan Van Voorhees, along
with her parents, home-schooled Mitchell and Bridget. Shortly after, Steve began
working at Real Estate One in Cheboygan where he eventually partnered with
longtime friend Alice Amette and Darinda Adlam, along with his present partner and
great friend, Denny Tryban. He was past President and Director of Water Wonderland
Board of Realtors and served on various board committees.
Steve and his second wife Helen (Lentz Jana) were very involved with the foster
care system, caring for many children in need. Steve served on the Michigan Foster
Care Review Board and Michigan Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board.
Steve was preceded in death by:
his wife Helen Begle,
his son Craig Begle,
his parents and
his in-laws Barbara and Lloyd Van Voorhees.
his children, Mitchell Begle, Bridget Begle-Bodor (Bob), Haley Begle,
Dawson Begle, Kattie Begle and
two step-children Donald Jana (Shawn), and Lynn Jana Eckerle;
grandchildren Cayla Begle, Lauren Bentley, Bridget Bodor and Grayson Bodor; and
step-grandchildren Jessica, Matthew and Sarah Jana, Erin and Ethan Ecklerle; and
his long-time friend Eleanor Arno.
Steve was passionate about real estate and helping people find homes and properties
about which they were passionate. Steve worked to preserve wetlands, secure public
access to Michigan shores and was a strong proponent of “keeping business local.”
Steve also loved skiing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and coaching his children’s
sports teams. His friends and family created many fond memories of the years they
spent and adventures they shared on Bois Blanc Island.
Steve will be sadly missed and remembered with love and laughter by friends, family
and his community.
Memorial donations may be made in Steve’s honor to the
Hospice House of Cheboygan.
There is no “funeral.” Please join us to celebrate Steve’s life Friday, Oct. 15
(tomorrow) at The Rusty Anchor, 106 Pine St. in Cheboygan.
Steve’s cremation was handled by the Northern Michigan Crematory of Cheboygan.
Arrangements were provided by Beck Funeral Home in Rogers City.Send Condolences Back to Obituaries