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Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne
Friday March 19th, 2021
9:00am - 10:30am

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James H. Betzer

James H. Betzer, 75, of Antwerp,  passed away at home on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Jim was born in Hudson, Michigan on February 1, 1946, a son of the late Maye (Likely) and Harvey Betzer.

He retired from BF Goodrich in 2005. Jim especially enjoyed his family, woodworking and helping others.

Jim will be sadly missed by his children, Shelly (Randol) Wendt & Jeff (Stacy) Betzer; grandchildren, James & Jessica Betzer, Alexandria Francis, Asia Flinn & Austin Wendt; great grandchildren Emma & Jade Betzer.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (Guyton) and sister, Norma Riddle. 

Viewing is Friday, March 19th,  9 - 10:30 am at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. 

Graveside service is Friday, March 19th, 11 am at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

A nose and mouth covering mask is required to participate in Jim's viewing and service.

Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

Flowers and other tributes may be delivered Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm or Friday by 8:30 am to the flower delivery entrance at the Antwerp Funeral Home.


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The loss of Dad was great. We spent many days together since he was my driver for my chemo and radiation treatments. I miss him so much.

Shelly Wendt Apr 28 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for your kind words.

Shelly Wendt Apr 28 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for sharing your memories of your childhood with Dad. I can imagine how much fun you both had during those days.

Shelly Wendt Apr 28 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you so much. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Shelly Wendt Apr 28 2021 12:00 AM

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of Jim.

This strikes close for me inasmuch as Jim was my best friend of grade school years when we were classmates in the four-room, brick schoolhouse in Prattville, Michigan.

I recall fondly many overnight stays at each other's homes, meals together and playtimes running through the fields and woods of our respective family farms. I still have the visceral memory of the smell of damp sawdust and the cushiony softness of the wood shavings under my bare feet as we jumped and rolled in the sawdust piles of his father's saw mill across Burt Road from his house.

I remember also at our last class reunion at a pizza parlor in the village of Pioneer inquiring of Jim if he recalled our summer afternoons sitting atop the huge boulder that lay in the fencerow along the field lane of his family's farm, writing on and coloring sections of the rock with Crayolas.

Jim responded knowingly of these days and expounded like an archeologist on the boulder's history of excavation from the adjacent field.

Our crayon scribblings were later melted by the sun, eroded by time, and the rock ultimately washed clean again by rain.

These are treasured memories, and I will recall Jim warmly when they flash through my mind in unexpected moments of revery in time to come.

Thank you, Jim.

Norm Lieska Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We went through school from elementary on. He was always quiet and nice. He will be missed. May God give you mercy and peace.

Carol Newcomer Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

Jim was a classmate of mine at Waldron High School. Our class was like an extended family. I always looked forward to seeing Jim at reunions when he and I were both able to make it. He will be missed very much. My sincere condolences to Jim's family.

Warren Myers Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM