The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 3, 2012

Freeman H. “Bud” Betz, 78, Elysburg

The Daily Item

— ELYSBURG — Freeman H. “Bud” Betz, 78, of 9 Deerfield Drive, formerly of Riverside, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence.  

He was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Danville, the only child of the late Freeman S. and Lorrene (Snyder) Betz. On March 19, 1955, in Oak Grove Methodist Church, Paxinos, he married the former Nancy J. Hill who survives.

He graduated from Shamokin Area High School in 1952 where he played football for four years. He was a 1956 graduate of Geisinger School of Radiological Technology as a registered technologist and a 1984 graduate of Bloomsburg University 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, a past president of Local District 5 of Radiological Technologists and the PA Society of Radiological Technologists.  

Bud was employed by Geisinger Medical Center, Danville 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 where he served several terms as Deacon and Elder. He was currently a member of the Elysburg Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and on the Pastoral Search Committee.

An avid sports enthusiast, Bud enjoyed golfing, Penn State University football, Pittsburgh Steelers football, high school football and softball, and 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.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is 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; two daughters, Allyson Estes and her husband, Tracy and their children, Myleah, Miles and Clara, of Asbury Park, N.J., and Lee A.  Gordner and her husband, Jeffrey and their daughter, Lydia, of Danville; two stepgrandsons, Jeremy and Jered Gordner; one great-grandson, Aiden Betz; and one stepgreat-grandson, Emmett Gordner.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Bud’s life to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave., Elysburg, with the Rev. Matthew Young officiating. The family will receive friends directly after the service at the church.

Burial will be private in Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery, Paxinos.   

Memorial contributions in Bud’s memory may be made to Elysburg Presbyterian Church or Columbia-Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave., Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville. Visit