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Clarence Louis Edward Betit

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CROWN POINT, N.Y. -- Clarence Louis Edward Betit died at the home of his son Gregory C. Betit in Crown Point on May 1, 2004. “Larry” was the 12th of 13 children of Eugene Demase Betit Sr. and Josephine LaFlamme Betit. He was born in Whitingham, Vt., on Sept. 19, 1910. He served in the U.S. Army in the European theater during World War II. Called back on active duty for the Korean War, he became a career officer and retired November 1965 as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked for the state of Vermont as a vocational rehabilitation counselor from 1965 to 1976 in the Montpelier and Rutland areas.

Mr. Betit was active in the Boy Scouts and church activities for much of his life. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of St. Augusine’s parish in Montpelier, Vt. over the years through 1995.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth DeFriest Betit, whom he married in 1941 and who died in 1983; a grandson, Benjamin Redenius; and 10 siblings. Survivors include two sons, Eugene and his wife Sheila of Arlington, Va., and Gregory and his wife JoAnne with whom he had been living in Crown Point, N.Y.; two daughters, Marilyn Redenius of Erie, Pa., and Anne Fleming and her husband Kevin of Enosburg Falls, Vt.; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Hector Betit, and a sister, Alma Cole of Bennington, Vt., a brother-in-law, Richard DeFriest and his wife, Grace of Aquebogue, and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Montpelier, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 6, 2004
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