John Betten II
John Frederick Betten II of O'Fallon, Ill., born Aug. 16, 1959, in Santa Ana, Calif., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
John was preceded in death by his father, John F. Betten; his maternal grandparents, Frank and Florence, nee Faulstich, Roth; and paternal grandparents, Frank and Viola, nee Wolf, Betten.
Surviving are his wife, Anne Roberts Betten; his daughters, Laura Anne and Elizabeth Keeley; and a son, John Frederick III. He is also survived by his mother, Ruth Roth Betten; his sister and brother-in-law, Lynne Betten Lemon and Rich Lemon and their children, Megan and Benjamin, his father and mother-in-law, Gordon and Loretta Keeley Roberts; sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Bob McDonnell, Gordon and Gretchen Roberts, Rich Roberts, Peggy Roberts, Janet and Antoine Maron, Stephen Roberts and Laurent Nouvion; and his nieces and nephews, Dan and Amy McDonnell, Katie and Brian Lee, Colleen McDonnell, Taylor and Andrew Roberts, James O'Reilly, Jade and Gabrielle Roberts-Maron, and Constance Nouvion-Roberts.
His life was dedicated to protecting and serving his community and he was loved and respected by many. He served 18 years on the Fairview Heights Police Department and went on to serve 11 years in O'Fallon, Ill., as the Police Chief. He also served as Deputy Director of the Auto Theft Taskforce Unit and Deputy Commander of the Major Case Squad. He was a born leader and took much pride in his department. He felt honored to serve alongside his fellow first responders, including the police, fire and EMS departments and was privileged to call them his friends. Beyond police work, he enjoyed college football refereeing and was an advocate of education - whether it was continuing his own or teaching others. He received his bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University and a master's degree from Southern Illinois University. He was also a graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute and the FBI National Academy.
John was a loving husband, a devoted father, and an extraordinary son and brother. Because of his love of family, he hosted a weekly Sunday night dinner, with an open invitation to any and all who could attend. When asked about his life, he would simply reply, "I'm living the dream."
The Betten family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Alan Lyss and the Missouri Baptist Oncology Nursing Staff along with BJC Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to organizations that he was passionate about - Big Brothers-Big Sisters and Backstoppers. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at O'Fallon Township High School-Milburn Campus Auditorium, 650 Milburn School Road, O'Fallon, Ill.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Kassly Mortuary, Ltd.
9900 St. Clair Avenue
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 25, 2013