OELWEIN - Carl R. Betts, 87, of Oelwein, and formerly of Hazleton, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2013 at his home.
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Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein, with Deacon Jim Patera officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in rural Oelwein.
The family will greet friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home where there will be a military memorial Service at 4:30 p.m. conducted by the Ross Reid American Legion Post 9 Honor Guard of Oelwein.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the
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Carl Russell Betts was born Jan. 13, 1926 at Oran, Iowa, the son of Earl Edward and Esther (Nichols) Betts. He graduated from Oelwein High School in 1945. Carl was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Force.
He married Luella Jean Destival on June 19, 1949 at Hazleton. He farmed in the Hazleton area for many years and was also a supervisor in Department 37 at the John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo for 25 years.
Carl was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Oelwein Council 1168 and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 1853, Ross Reid American Legion Post 9 and Honor Guard of Oelwein, 50-year Mason in Hebron Masonic Lodge 374 A.F. & A.M. of Oelwein, and the El Kahir Shrine.
Carl is survived by his daughter Mona Betts (special friend Harold Buhr) of Oelwein; 2 sons, Wayne (Diane) Betts of Mechanicsville, and Russell (Marla) Betts of Waterloo; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Ralph (Margaret) Betts of Hampton, Richard (Marilyn) Betts of Medicine Lake, Wash., and Ronald (Chris) Betts of Osage; and a sister Dorothy Tollman of Iowa City.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Luella J. Betts on Nov. 7, 2006; a grandson Adam Levendusky on May 22, 1990, and a sister Donna Downs.
Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Feb. 28, 2013