David Wesley Bedeker

October 11, 1941 - April 4, 2021

David Wesley Bedeker, 79, a winter resident of Fort Myers, FL since 2010, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Fort Myers. He was born October 11, 1941 in Streator, IL to Raymond and Elizabeth Bedeker, now deceased.

Dave was of the Lutheran faith and served in the United States Army. Dave was a member of Our Savior Lutheran’s Church in Seneca, a member of Church council and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.  He also served on both the Seneca Grade and High School Board.  Dave was also on the Wolf Creek Cemetery Board. 

On Easter Sunday, God needed a good farmer and called Dave to Heaven, Dave was involved in farming for over 65 years.   Dave loved the land and enjoyed farming with his family and especially his two sons and grandsons.   Dave displayed a true farmers work ethic and firmly believed hard work was the remedy for every ailment. 

Dave was an avid lover of farming, fishing and Florida which he shared with his beautiful wife Darlene of 55 years.   Dave was a gentle man who lived a quiet life and he will be missed dearly. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Darlene Bedeker of Seneca, IL and Fort Myers; two loving children, Daniel Bedeker (Tracy) of Seneca, IL, and Darren Bedeker (Jean), of Verona, IL; grandchildren, Emma, Bryce, Max, and Justin; as well as a host of special nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by six siblings.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 300 E. Union St., Seneca, IL 61360 with visitation from 9am-11am with services following.   Burial will be at Wolf Creek Cemetery with Pastor Kris Zierke officiating.

Memorial Contributions in memory of David Bedeker are suggested to Wolf Creek Cemetery, or Our Savior Lutheran’s Church.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Ed and Sue Kuhn Apr 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Our deepest. Sympathy to Darlene and Family.

  2. Norm Sellers Apr 10, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Unfortunately, Dave and I failed to keep in touch over the years–other than at an occasional Wake, etc. Though only six months older than I, he introduced me to my first “pizza” in Ottawa one cold winter night. I was 15 & he was 16. I still remember that slanted front pizza building on West Rt. 6 in Ottawa. Also, he’s responsible for my first experience playing pool in his family’s basement (across the road from us RR1 Ransom) and also at “Stacys” on Main street in Streator. To Darlene and his family– I wish you the strongest heartfelt condolences and yes, I’m sure he’s driving around in large green machines in Heaven–with a big grin on his face.. See ya soon Dave. Norm Sellers

  3. Jim Kein Apr 11, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Darlene. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I moved to Florida to Treasure Island last September. Just caught it now in the Obituaries. I know its been a trying time for you the last few years. He is in a better place now.

  4. David Ellis Apr 12, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. Loved it when he came to our ACE store! We would talk and give each other a hard time. Lots of fun.

  5. Laura Conness Apr 12, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Darlene was sorry to read about Dave’s passing. Remember having a great visit with the both of you years ago at a wedding. Thinking of you and your family.
    Laura Conness

  6. Don and Nancy Fiedler Apr 13, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Darlene and your sons.
    Sincerest condolences to the entire Bedeker family.

  7. Kerri Brue Apr 14, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. My deepest sympathy to the Bedeker Family.

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