Paul Begick, son of the late Paul J. C. Begick and Lydia A. C. (Schmidt) Begick died on March 8, 2021. He was born on July 8, 1936. On August 18, 1962 he married Peggy Lou Plarske. She predeceased him on February 3, 1982. Paul was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and over the years held several elected and appointed offices.
Paul attended St. Paul Lutheran School and T. L. Handy High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He also served in the Michigan Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. From 1973 to 1990 he was Military Academy Liaison Officer in northeast Michigan for the West Point Admissions Department.
Paul was President of Begick Nursery and Garden Center from 1986 to 2015. He was active in many business and civic organizations including President of Michigan Association of Nurserymen, Bay County Gypsy Moth Committee, Bay City in Bloom, Bay City Civitan Club, McLaren Bay Foundation, Skill Center Agri-Science Advisory Committee and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the Civitan Golf League and his Bay City and Saginaw Breakfast Groups. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading and growing vegetables, many of which he shared with neighbors and friends.
Paul is survived by son Mark (Vicki) Begick, Grandson and Best Buddy Charles, Daughter Jean Begick, Sister-in-Law Eleonore Begick, Niece Susan (Rev. Dean) Nadasdy, Nephew James (Robin) Begick, brothers-in-Law James (Mariann) Plarske and Phil (Cindy) Bosco, nephews Joel (Sheila Minnick) Bosco, Steven (Annette) Plarske and Chad Plarske. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by brothers Vernon (Jim) Begick and Lester Begick, sisters-in-law Esther Begick and Judy Bosco, brother-in-law Robert Plarske, and special friend Loraine Diment.
Funeral service will be Friday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dennis W. Matyas will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 11 from 2 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at Penzien Steele Funeral Home and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins. Memorials can be directed to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or the donor’s favorite charity.
The funeral service will be live streamed for friends and family who are unable to attend. Please log onto the church Facebook page at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021: Facebook: www.facebook.com/stpaulfrankenlustbaycity or YouTube: youtube.com search st. paul bay city.