Andrew Paul Betz

December 7, 1956June 12, 2013
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Major Andrew Paul Betz, U.S. Army, (Ret.), died peacefully at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 7, 1956 in Syracuse, New York to Dr. Edward Betz and Joanna Wells Betz. Andy died at age 56, six months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Andy grew up in Glens Falls, New York, attending grade school at St. Alphonsus School where he served as an altar boy, and graduating from St. Mary’s Academy in 1974. He went on to attend the State University of New York at Brockport on the Betty Crocker Scholarship, transferring to Northwest Missouri State and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. After working on a farm in Arkansas, he joined the Army spending the next twenty years (and one day) serving his country. During his time in the Army, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. After many changes in location, he moved to Dripping Springs, Texas, during his final assignment at Ft. Hood. Upon his retirement from the Army, he had a short stint as an entrepreneur and then utilized his military training in procurement and supply chain management for the oil and gas industry.

A devout Catholic, he loved to attend Mass and provide smoked briskets and trimmings for parish feasts. He was very involved in the life of his seven children: coaching them and cheering for them in their athletic, academic, and religious training.

Andrew is predeceased by his father, Dr. Edward Betz and father-in-law, James Ford. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Joanna Wells Betz; mother-in-law, Norma Lee Ford; wife, Kimberly Betz; children, J’Kai, Andrea, Jessica, Katherine, Ella, Samuel, and Henry Betz; sisters, Olivia Lewis and Sister Marie Reginald; brothers, John and Carl Betz; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, godchildren, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 14, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with a Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 7815 Orland Park, San Antonio, Texas, 78213 with Father Stephen P. Zigrang, Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Andrew’s memory to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Orland Street, San Antonio, Texas.


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Thom Besch

February 3, 2014

Dear Kim,

I just learned of Andy's passing and I'm having a hard time registering this. Andy was a larger than life influence for me. As you know, he picked me up from the airport my first day in Panama. He was my sponsor in my first infantry assignment and truly set the standard and example of how a a professional officer should lead soldiers and be expert in his craft. I also enjoyed the example he set off duty living life to it's fullest, making friends and having adventures. My memories with him, (and you, Jaykee, and your Mom as roommates), later at Fort Ord, and then again while Joan and I were at UT Austin, are memories I'll cherish. He was like a brother to me. I loved him and truly miss him.

Thom, Joan and the boys (Rob, Will, Ben, and Sam)

Natalie Nugent

October 31, 2013

He lived a great life of service to others. It all started at St. Mary's academy. God bless the family especially the children.

Loren Gooding

July 10, 2013

I worked with Andy briefly in recent years, and my heart is broken in hearing of the loss of this great, great man. The world was a much better place with Andy in it. Wishing your family peace and comfort in knowing he will always be in your hearts, and the hearts of many. Blessings...

Jennifer Campbell

June 20, 2013

Kim, I just read Andrew's memorial. I am so sorry! Crossing paths with you guys over the past 16 or so years was ALWAYS wonderful as I could count on a warm greeting with glorious SMILES. I will hold you and your children in my daily prayers. "Those who die still live in our presence, Their lives change but do not end."

Laura Mertz

June 18, 2013

My dearest Kim and family,
Words cannot express my deepest sorrow for your loss. I am here if you need anything (I am back in DS). May peace and comfort surround all of you during this time of grief. Love always

June 18, 2013

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for you and all your family. He left quite a legacy and you all will miss him greatly....

Ruth Schmid(Austin,Tx)

Darlene Wilson

June 17, 2013

Kim and family,
I am so very sorry to hear you lost your rock your other half of the family pair. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the children through this difficult time - today and everyday. Please call me if you want to talk. Gods peace will prevail but pain does come and go. Love, Cookie

JoAnn Hernandez

June 15, 2013

Kim, please take comfort knowing that Andy cherished his family more than anything. May God watch over all of you.

Marsha Shortwebb

June 15, 2013

Kim, Andrea, Jessica and Family: You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your family was such a bright spot for us while we lived in Dripping Springs. We pray your family will grow tighter, your love stronger and that peace will come in the coming months and years. All our love, Paul, Marsha and the ShortWebb family

John O'Brien

June 15, 2013

Our prayers for Andy that he is in heaven and for his family. From all the O'Briens in Glens Falls and around the country.