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Freeman H. "Bud" Betz


December 3, 2012


Freeman H. “Bud” Betz, 78, of 9 Deerfield Drive Elysburg PA and formerly of Riverside PA went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his residence.  He was born October 9, 1934 in Danville PA, the only child of the late Freeman S. and Lorrene Snyder Betz. 

He graduated from Shamokin Area High School in 1952 where he played football for four years.  He also graduated from Geisinger School of Radiological Technology as a registered technologist in 1956.  Bud graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological Technology. He was certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and a member of the American Society of Radiological Technologists.  He was past President of Local District 5 of Radiological Technologists and the PA Society of Radiological Technologists.  Bud was employed by Geisinger Medical Center Danville PA as Program Director of Radiologic Technology in 1973 until his retirement in 1997.   

He was a 40 year member of Shiloh United Church of Christ Danville PA where he served several terms as Deacon and Elder.  He is currently a member of the Elysburg Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and on the Pastoral Search Committee. 

An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Betz enjoyed golfing, Penn State University football, Pittsburgh Steelers football and high school football and softball.  He enjoyed playing softball for the Geisinger Medical Center Team.  Bud enjoyed hunting.  He also enjoyed camping at the New Jersey Shore and Poe Valley State Park.  His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren play sports. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy J. Hill Betz whom he married March 19, 1955 at Oak Grove Methodist Church Paxinos PA.    He is also survived by two sons; Chris Betz and his children; Megan, Kelsey and Derek of Manassas VA and Carl Betz and his wife Donna and their children; Samuel, Kendra and Morgan of Danville PA.  Also surviving are two daughters; Allyson Estes and her husband Tracy and their children, Myleah, Miles and Clara of Asbury Park NJ and Lee A.  Gordner and her husband Jeffrey and their daughter Lydia of Danville PA.  Also surviving are two step-grandsons; Jeremy and Jered Gordner.  He is also survived by one great-grandson, Aiden Betz and one step-great-grandson, Emmett Gordner.   

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Bud’s Life to be held Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Elysburg Presbyterian Church 320 West Valley Avenue Elysburg PA with the Reverend Matthew Young officiating.  Burial will be private at Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery Paxinos PA.  The family will receive friends directly after the service at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Elysburg Presbyterian Church or Columbia-Montour Home Hospice 410 Glenn Avenue Suite 200 Bloomsburg PA  17815. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com

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