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MSgt. Lee E. Bettis

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MSgt. Lee E. Bettis
Age 40, of Fort Sam Houston, Texas died Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Texas from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born April 28, 1973 in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He graduated from Minerva High School in 1991 and joined the US Army where he is currently a Combat Medic Instructor/Writer for the Department of Combat Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In over 22 years of service, he has had numerous assignments including serving two tours in Bosnia and two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He is also a member of Locust Grove Baptist Church in Salem, Ohio. Lee was active with his children, having been a volunteer football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling coach.
He is survived by his wife, Laura (Elton) Bettis; parents, Jim and Jacki (Weikart) Reed of Alliance, Ohio; two sons, Caleb Bettis of Watertown, N.Y. and Dalton Bettis of the home; brother, Lucas (Stacey) Bettis of East Rochester, Ohio; grandparents, LeRoy (Billie) Weikart of Minerva and Doris Bettis of Minerva, Ohio; Father-in-law, Harry Elton of East Rochester, Ohio; step brothers and sisters, Chris (Tricia) Reed of Hanoverton, Ohio, Terry (Kimmee) Reed of Minerva, Ohio, Kim (Bob) Howell of Minerva, Ohio, Elissa (Sean) Smith of Hilton Head, N.C. and a huge extended family that he loved with all his heart. He is preceded in death by a step brother, Brit Reed.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., in the Locust Grove Baptist Church in Salem, Ohio, with Pastor Robert Noble officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva, Ohio. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at

Published in The Repository on Apr. 3, 2014
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