Eugene E. “Gene” Betz, 88, Jasper

Eugene E. “Gene” Betz, 88, of Jasper, died Friday, February 22, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Schnellville November 29, 1930, to John J. and Arlina R. (Miller) Betz. He married Marie F. Verkamp June 19, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville.

Gene was a graduate of Birdseye High School. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 and Jasper VFW Post 673 where he was a member of its honor guards. He retired as manager of Jasper Automotive Supply after 37 years of service. After retirement he worked part time as a limousine driver, and drove for Ruxer Ford in Jasper, Bob’s Auto in Ireland, and for the American Cancer Society. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, and previously a member of Sacred Heart and Holy Family Churches, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, a Sacristan, a member of the Holy Name Society, the Serra Club, and the church choirs. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul, where he served as an officer for many years, the Schnellville Community Center and Conservation Club, and the Singing Seniors. He and his wife Marie were recipients of the Simon Brute Award. He enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling, and outdoor activities with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Marie F. Betz; three daughters, Debbie Rice and husband Bill, Friendsville, Tennessee, Judy Baer and husband Tim, Ireland, and Betty Jenkins and husband Steve, Jasper; two sons, Ken Betz and wife Ginger, Mooresville, and Tom Betz and wife Jane, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;  four sisters, Margaret Knies and husband Linus, Jasper; Sr. Lucia Betz, OSB, Beech Grove; Frances Schepers, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Erlene Gehlhausen and husband Bernie, Newburgh; two brothers, Joe Betz and wife Cyrilla, Huntingburg, and Richard Betz and wife Loretta, Dale; and sister-in-law, Helen Theising, Schnellville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Sr. Bede Betz, OSB, Clara Mae Hohn, Josepha Betz, and August Hopf, and two brothers, Lee and Albert Betz.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Church,  Precious Blood Church, the Schnellville Community Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 will conduct military graveside rites.

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