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Estel Betts Obituary
Estel Vernon Betts

Des Moines

Estel Vernon Betts, 83, passed away January 1, 2012 at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Estel graduated from Coon Rapids High School and then enlisted in the US Army where he proudly served for two years. Estel worked as a truck driver for Garst and Thomas in Coon Rapids, Iowa and then as a mechanic for several meat packing companies before he finally retired from the Des Moines Register.

Estel loved fishing, even if they weren't biting and watching any and all football and basketball games, especially University of Iowa games.

Estel is survived by his three daughters: Debra (Michael) Martin, of Johnston, IA, Donna Kile of Waukee, IA and Denise (Michael) Brown of Dallas Center, IA and his step-children: Elwood Peterson and Harry Peterson of Arizona, Art Peterson of Osceola, IA and Sherry Clement of Colorado. Survivors also include his brothers, Daryle (Fern) Betts of Bayard, IA, Dick (Lois) Betts of Guthrie Center, IA and Bob (Denise) Betts of Hampton, NE as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Estel was preceded in death by his wives: Carol Jean Betts and Ardell Peterson Betts, as well as his parents, Willard and Vogal Betts and a brother, Billy Betts.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 6 followed by a Memorial Service at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 6 at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd., Clive, Iowa. A private interment will be held at a later date at the Union Township Cemetery in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 5, 2012
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