Bernard M. (Bernie) BEGLEY
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BEGLEY, Bernard M. "Bernie" 82, passed away Sunday November 16 at his residence in Xenia, Born September 25, 1932, in Clark County, Kentucky, the son of Hubert and Florence Begley. Bernie is survived by three loving siblings: Betty Fair, Dayton; Donald Begley (friend, Mary Kay Zappia) Dayton; and Hubert Begley, Dunn, N.C., and also a 30-year dear, dear friend, Don Arnett. He was predeceased by his mother, father, and a younger brother, Robert F. Begley. He was a 4-year US Army Sgt., and veteran of the Korean War and for over 30 years served as head of the Internal Revenue Service (Ohio), regional office in Dayton. After retirement from the IRS, Bernie became a breeder of exotic animals, an accomplished ornithologist, raised and raced many thoroughbred Kentucky horses, and for the past many years has been involved in high-end antiques and fine art. Bernie also spoke four languages fluently and was a world traveler. Visitation will be held from 9am to 11am Monday, November 24, at Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 N. Detroit St., Xenia. Prayers will follow visitation at the funeral home until 11:45am. Funeral services will follow at 1pm, at the Dayton National Cemetery with honors. In lieu of flowers you may contribute to Stivers School of Art, Dayton, in Bernie's memory. The Xenia, Yellow Springs, and Dayton communities will miss his generosity and social personality. His commitment to the arts was recognized by his personal involvement and financial support. He attended St. Mary's and Emmanuel Catholic Churches, Dayton. Condolences may be made to the family at

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Published in Dayton Daily News from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2014.
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December 10, 2015
As a young boy,Bernie raised Canarys and Parakeets for sale in the back room of our home at 141 Hopeland St, in Edgemont!He knew all there was to know,breeding,feeding,diseases and how to care for these birds,this was while attending grade school at Irving Grade School.We always had dogs in our life,Bernie was an expert on dogs and was a judge at numerous dog shows,he raised sight hounds,Salukis,Borzois,he just loved all dogs of all breeds.Bernie was a champion pairs skating champ with his partner,Muriel!After graduating from Roosevelt H.S.,Bernie was drafted into the Army,Korea,4 years,honorably discharged with the rank of Sgt.While attending college,Bernie attended school during the day and working nights at Delco,sleeping when he had the time.Then gained employment with the Ohio I.R.S.,He also raised Kentucky Thorobred horses and raced them, on his farm in Spring Valley,Ohio!Bernie was an afficinado of classical music,an expert,a art lover,an expert of antiques and art,his house was a museum,to which all were welcome,Bernie trusted all people and was let down by a few ,God Keeps The Books,to all who did!Bernie excelled at foreign languages and was fluent with all of them,world traveler,Europe and Turkey to attain antiques and Persian prayer rugs!Bernie was a Renaissance Man in his time,I do miss him and I could write for hours about my Brother,If you knew him or met him,you know what I am saying,I miss his intelligence and positive demeanor,but, like all of us,the missing will only be for a short while!Snow cream,popcorn and listening to the radio,once again! Bernie was my Brother!Bernie is now with the multitudes,God blessed him and I know,blesses him now!
Don Begley
December 28, 2014
Bernie lived on his terms, did what he wanted, and flourished. His way of relating to others drew both fascinating and obscure personalities to his dinner table, and no matter from where we came, we were drawn to him like a magnet. What a perfect life he lived,.Although he lived for himself, he made deep connections with all of us that were unique. It is hard to explain Bernie and his magnificent flight through life.
To someone who hadnt met words dont describe him. All I can do is cry tears of joy for him and his life so brilliantly lived. Although Bernie was no saint, I believe God even enjoyed watching this man in action. In my opinion, Bernie's life was ideal, even though it was far from perfect. That is how he was able to truly appreciate beauty.
December 17, 2014
Also,Bernie said to me once, "I hope there are birds in heaven". I hope so Bernie, because i know youd be happy.
December 17, 2014
Bernie was an upbeat, postive person who had an amazing knowledge of birds and aviculture. I will miss our conversations, and wish I could have known him for longer.
December 5, 2014
We will miss Bernie, we were friends and neighbors, he was a great guy,, Mike and Dennise Walling
December 4, 2014
I will truly miss our long conversations from Xenia to Dallas about our involvement and love in the collections of Mason's Ironstone. Even though we never met, we have talked and emailed for over 20 years. I hope someone is caring for Phideau and Cleo as he loved them dearly. Miss you Bernie,
Lynn Kling, Dallas Texas
December 4, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family. My dad did a lot of upholstery work for Bernie and I always thought he was such a kind man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sheila Stollings
November 25, 2014
November 22, 2014
You were truly a blessing to me and this crazy world we live, Bernie! I will miss your sincere conversation and celebrations of life and love!
Tony Wall
November 22, 2014
God rest your soul our friend.... We will miss your kind friendship, your antiques knowledge, and your love for birds. Love your friends, Troy Beck and Erika Friend.
Erika Friend
November 20, 2014
My condolences. Take comfort knowing that God Almighty is 'near to all those calling on him'.
Psalms 145:18
November 20, 2014
You will be missed
Brenda Stacy
November 20, 2014
Rest in peace cousin !
Bill Brush
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