Betts, Kenneth

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Joseph Betts, 90, of Frankfort, Mich., died May 3, 2013, at Benzie Medical Care Facility in Frankfort.

He was born Aug. 21, 1922, to Gertrude and William Betts of Montréal, Quebec. He married Iris Kunkle on Aug. 20, 1949, and she preceded him in death.

Ken served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the European theater during World War II, servicing Halifaxes, Lancasters and Spitfires. After the war Ken moved to Lansing, Mich., and in 1954 he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Ken loved to build and fix things and this passion lives on in many people he knew throughout his life. He was a cheerful, hardworking and generous man with a unique sense of humor. His warmth, easy manner, and wit will be missed by his family and friends.

Ken is survived by a son, Steve; and a sister, Marjorie Simon.

A wake is scheduled from noon until 7 p.m the weekend of May 25 and 26, at the farm of Ken’s friend Mike, 1321 Barry Rd. in Williamston, Mich., where he spent many happy hours cutting firewood, throwing tennis balls for the dog and sitting in the sun.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benzie County Medical Care Facility. 

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