ELYSBURG — Freeman H. "Bud" Betz, 78, of 9 Deerfield Drive, and formerly of Riverside, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence.
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Born Oct. 9, 1934, in Danville, he was the only child of the late Freeman S. and Lorrene (Snyder) Betz.
He graduated from Shamokin High School in 1952, where he played football for four years. He also graduated from Geisinger School of Radiological Technology as a registered technologist in 1956. Bud graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in radiological technology.
On March 19, 1955, at Oak Grove Methodist Church, Paxinos, he married Nancy J. Hill, who survives.
Bud was employed by Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, as program director of radiologic technology in 1973 until his retirement in 1997. He was certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and a member of the American Society of Radiological Technologists. He was past president of Local District 5 of Radiological Technologists and the PA Society of Radiological Technologists.
He was a 40-year member of Shiloh United Church of Christ, Danville, where he served several terms as deacon and elder. He was most recently a member of the Elysburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and on the Pastoral Search Committee.
An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Betz enjoyed golfing, Penn State University football, Pittsburgh Steelers football and high school football and softball. He enjoyed playing softball for the Geisinger Medical Center team. Bud enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed camping at the New Jersey Shore and Poe Valley State Park. His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren play sports.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Chris Betz and his children, Megan, Kelsey and Derek, of Manassas, Va., and Carl Betz and his wife, Donna, and their children, Samuel, Kendra and Morgan, of Danville; two daughters, Allyson Estes and her husband, Tracy, and their children, Myleah, Miles and Clara, of Asbury Park, N.J., and Lee A. Gordner, her husband, Jeffrey, and their daughter, Lydia, of Danville; two stepgrandsons, Jeremy and Jered Gordner; a great-grandson, Aiden Betz, and a step-great-grandson, Emmett Gordner.
BETZ — Freeman H. "Bud" Betz, 78, of 9 Deerfield Drive, Elysburg. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Bud's Life to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave. Elysburg, with the Rev. Matthew Young officiating. Burial will be private at Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery, Paxinos. The family will receive friends directly after the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville. Memorial contributions may be made to Elysburg Presbyterian Church or Columbia-Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave., Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Published in The News Item on Dec. 4, 2012