Richard Betker

Richard Betker

Thursday, December 14th, 1933 - Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
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Richard Betker, 87, of Stevensville, MI went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday – May 2, 2021 at Lakeland Spectrum Health in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

Richard was born on Dec. 14, 1933 in Wola-Lisowska, Poland to the late Ludwig and Natalie (Dreger) Betker. Richard immigrated to The United States of America May 1, 1956 and served his country while in the U.S. Army. While on the ship enroute to the United States, he met Ruth Wegner whom he married on August 2, 1958 in Pittston, PA. They moved to St. Joseph, MI in 1959. Richard last worked at the Imperial Printing Company as a Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 1999. He was a charter member of the Oakridge Community Church. In addition to always being there to help anyone with a need, he volunteered at Wycliffe Associates in Orlando, FL and Lake Ellen Bible Camp, Crystal Falls, MI performing electrical, construction, and maintenance projects. Richard also attended a mission trip to Brazil to help build an orphanage. He loved to travel, camp and fish. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Richard is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years – Ruth; his two sons – Roland (Linnea) Betker of St. Joseph and James (Nancy) Betker of Marion, OH; grandchildren – Roxy, Keith (Kiersten), Kurtis (Allyssa) and Kayla; great-grandchildren – Alexandra, Parker, Wren and Layne; a brother – Waldemar (Gertrude) Betker and sisters – Edeltraud Rodemann and Inge (Karl-Heinz) Anfang all of Germany; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday – May 7, 10:00am, at the Oakridge Community Church in St. Joseph, with Pastor Scott Reeve officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville. Visitation with the family takes place on Thursday – May 6, from 6:00-8:00pm at Starks & Menchinger Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakridge Community Church or Caring Circle Hospice. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 10:00am
    Oakridge Community Church - St. Joseph
    766 Oakridge Rd
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial contributions in Richard's name may be made to Oakridge Community Church or Caring Circle Hospice.
  • Interment

    Hickory Bluff Cemetery


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Lee & Sue Scherwitz

Posted at 06:32pm
Roland & Linnea Betker, Sue and I am so sorry for your loss.

Debbie Zandarski

Posted at 04:44pm
Mrs Betker and Roland,
I’m so sorry to hear this. When Dick worked at IPC, he always had a smile and liked to tease me about not working hard enough. He was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Christina Nails

Posted at 01:48am
Dear Ruth, Roland and Jim, I am so sorry for your loss!! Uncle Richie was such a great man!! I will truly miss him. We had great times as I was in the young people going camping and playing volleyball. He was an encouraging man! There are so many things I could say of him. He will always be "uncle Richie" to me!!! I pray that the Lord will comfort you as you remember his memory. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT HE'S NEVER REALLY GONE AS LONG AS YOU REMEMBER HIM!!!! Christina Nails

Stan and Sally Bennett

Posted at 03:08pm
I worked with Dick for several years in the 70s. Always a great guy, so skilled and talented and never without a smile. A finer American than many natural born. My sincerest condolences to Ruth and the boys. Rest in Peace my old friend.

Bill Pagel

Posted at 12:05pm
Roland, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for you and your family at this difficult time. Your father was a very special man and I have very good memories of him.
Bill Pagel

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