In memory of
Thomas Walter Betts
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In memory of
Thomas Walter Betts
Betts Thomas Walter Betts March 29, 1932 - January 7, 2019 Thomas Walter Betts, 86, of Berea, passed away peacefully at home on January 7 after a long illness. Services will be held at Olmsted Community Church on January 12 at 11 am, with a luncheon afterwards. Tom was born on March 29, 1932 to Mildred and Ross C. Betts, and was raised in Fairview Park. His brother James E. Betts died in 1984, and his sister-in-law Marlene died in 2011. Tom graduated from Fairview Park High School in 1950 and attended Ohio University and Baldwin Wallace College, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and from which he graduated in 1958. He took off some time to join the Army, and he participated in the Korean conflict in Germany. He received his masters of arts degree from Kent State University in 1968. Tom was an emeritus professor of art at Lakeland Community College, where he spent the majority of his career. The illustration for this obituary is one of his self-portraits from 1966, which was exhibited in the Butler Institute of American Art. In addition to being a prolific painter, as well as a sculptor and cartoonist, he was active in his church choir. He was also an avid golfer and a golf coach at LCC. Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol (Morehouse). His three children are Kellyn (Philip Herner), Kevin (Elizabeth Mwangi) and Terrence, and his grandchildren are Peyton Betts, Colin Betts, Garnett Mwangi, Glen Mwangi, Allyson Herner-Betts, and Jamba Betts. His oldest friend, Kenneth Burns, who he knew since they met in first grade, preceded him in death last month. Their families participated in many of each other's important life events. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice or the Olmsted Community Church Music Fund.
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In memory of
Thomas Walter Betts
Betts Thomas Walter Betts March 29, 1932 - January 7, 2019 Thomas Walter Betts, 86, of Berea, passed away peacefully at home on January 7 after a long illness. Services will be held at Olmsted Community Church on January 12 at 11 am, with a luncheon afterwards. Tom was born on March 29, 1932 to Mildred and Ross C. Betts, and was raised in Fairview Park. His brother James E. Betts died in 1984, and his sister-in-law Marlene died in 2011. Tom graduated from Fairview Park High School in 1950 and attended Ohio University and Baldwin Wallace College, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and from which he graduated in 1958. He took off some time to join the Army, and he participated in the Korean conflict in Germany. He received his masters of arts degree from Kent State University in 1968. Tom was an emeritus professor of art at Lakeland Community College, where he spent the majority of his career. The illustration for this obituary is one of his self-portraits from 1966, which was exhibited in the Butler Institute of American Art. In addition to being a prolific painter, as well as a sculptor and cartoonist, he was active in his church choir. He was also an avid golfer and a golf coach at LCC. Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol (Morehouse). His three children are Kellyn (Philip Herner), Kevin (Elizabeth Mwangi) and Terrence, and his grandchildren are Peyton Betts, Colin Betts, Garnett Mwangi, Glen Mwangi, Allyson Herner-Betts, and Jamba Betts. His oldest friend, Kenneth Burns, who he knew since they met in first grade, preceded him in death last month. Their families participated in many of each other's important life events. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice or the Olmsted Community Church Music Fund.
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