James Steven Beger

James Steven Beger, 72, of rural Franklin, Iowa, passed away at 7:44 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at his home.

He was born on July 7, 1950, in St. Charles, Missouri, the son of Harold and Elizabeth “Betty” Mae (Heye) Beger. On December 17, 1977, he married Judy Watkins at the Sharon Presbyterian Church in rural Farmington, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife: Judy; three brothers: Tom (Chris) Beger of Columbia, Missouri, Bob (Judy) Beger of High Ridge, Missouri, John (Cindy) Beger of Rolla, Missouri; step-daughter: Wendy (Loren) Caviness of Montrose, Iowa; two daughters: Louisa (Duane) Beger – McConnell of Fort Madison, Iowa, Katherine (Wade) Warner of Selah, Washington; six grandchildren: Ryan Caviness, Matthew Caviness, Shawn Caviness, Elijah McConnell, Olivia Warner and Katalina Warner. Also surviving are five nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim was a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Beger Lawn Spraying and sold Aflac Insurance. Jim was a member of Sharon Presbyterian Church and the Tri-State Gun Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skeet shooting, watching wildlife, traveling and being outdoors.

His body has been entrusted to the crematory of Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Burial will be at the Sharon Church Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory for the Job’s Closet Food Pantry of Bonaparte.

Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.