BOZEMAN — Guy Andrew Betts Jr. passed away at on Nov. 2, 2010, at his home in Bozeman.
Guy was born on Dec. 25, 1924, in Hardin, to Guy Andrew Betts, Sr. and Ida Mae Lethcoe-Betts.
He was the middle child of 13. He was raised on a ranch on Sarpy Creek near Hardin, a lifestyle he dearly loved.
He served in the Army during the Pacific Campaign with the 11th Division. Returning home, he married Morita Redding of Hardin.
He was the father of four sons. Later, he married Darlene Mitchell of Absorkee, and they raised two daughters and a son.
He worked for Mountain Bell-Qwest for 33 years. He held many positions throughout his life, including cowboy, ditch riding, rough necking, lineman, and heavy equipment operator. He always said, “I never had trouble finding a job. Even when I was retired, I still had to turn them down.” Guy was a hard worker and took pride in caring for his family.
He was an active member of his community, belonging to the Helena and Belgrade Volunteer Fire Departments, the East Helena Rodeo Association, and VFW Post 10010. He held positions with the Telephone Pioneers and spent many years at 4-H camp, cooking and being a camp leader.
Guy is survived and missed dearly by his sons and daughters-in-law, Allen (Carol) Betts of Billings, John “Sid” (Gail) Betts of Dayton, Wyo., Guy “Rick” (Kim) Betts of Bonney Lake, Wash., Cory (Jenifer) Betts of Spokane, Wash., and James Kemp of Salome, Ariz.; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy (Bob) Bone of La Junta, Colo., and Chris Betts and Cowboy of Livingston; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman, with a funeral service to be held at 10 a.m.
Interment will take place at Fort Harrison Cemetery in Helena, at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Memorials in Guy's name may be made to the Belgrade Volunteer Fire Department, 205 E. Main St., Belgrade, MT 59715.