Richard “Rick” Lee Begley, 63, was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather,
brother, uncle and friend. He left this world suddenly on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at
Born February 18, 1958, he was the son of the late Walter and Kathleen (Houston) Begley
of New Straitsville. Besides his parents he was proceeded in death by his beloved brothers
Walter Jr. “Mick” Begley, John “Jackie” Begley and David Begley.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Roberta “Bobbie” Begley, his beloved daughter
and son-in-law Tarra (Michael) Begley-Hoops and the proudest grandfather to his new
grandson Sawyer Case Hoops. He was also an honorary dad to Skylar (Desiree) Miller,
Seth Miller, Kylee Mourey and Madison Post, as well as an honorary grandpa to Coleson
Miller; siblings Linda (David) Vahey, Tom (Donna) Begley, Kathy Begley, Gary (Jackie)
Begley and Nancy (Terry) Swingle.
A 1976 graduate of Miller High School, Rick spent 13 years at Bremco working as a welder
while learning construction and starting his own company, Begley Construction, where he
had worked for himself for over 30 years. Rick was formerly the Village Administrator for
the Village of New Straitsville, Maintenance Manager at Sugar Tree Terrace, Coal Township
Trustee and a heavy machine operator.
Over the years he had built homes, garages, shelter houses and done tons of excavating
work around the area – his work is everywhere. He was a regular helper for the town
maintenance crew, generally as an unpaid private citizen, who just jumped in to help where
he possibly could.
He has also spent the last 16 years on what is probably his favorite project – building and
operating Begley’s ATV Campground in New Straitsville. Converting an old apple orchard
into a campground, Rick was a driving force behind making New Straitsville and the
surrounding area a destination for ATV enthusiasts. People thought he was crazy then
people thought he was a brilliant businessman. In the end, it was here that he was able to
both work hard and have fun. Located only yards from his home, the campground is where
he made countless new friends and he loved to sit and compare stories with campers.