Barry Vincent Betz

June 21, 1964January 17, 2013
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Barry V. Betz, 48, of Swansea, Illinois, born June 21, 1964, in Belleville, Illinois, passed away, Thursday, January 17, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Barry was employed for 28 years with Boeing, St. Louis, Missouri, as an electrician, working on the wiring systems on the F-15. He was also a union member of I.A.M. Lodge 837. He was active with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk’s, Lodge 664, Fairview Heights, Ill., serving as an officer for 16 years and the Belleville/Swansea Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 1221. He loved the outdoors, especially, fishing, boating, and hunting; at his cabin. He also enjoyed spending time restoring his ’66 Le Mans, manicuring his lawn, bowling, and playing cards with friends from Boeing. He never met a stranger, and was a friend to all. He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother, who will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vincent G. Betz and his father-in-law, William Hodge; and a sister-in-law, Sandy Reaves.

Surviving are his high school sweetheart, whom he married on August 3, 1985, Diane Betz, nee Hodge; of Swansea, Illinois; his son, Michael Betz; daughter, Kristen (Jacob) Kienitz; his mother, Carole (Roland) Betz-Stevens; his mother-in-law, Virginia Hodge; a sister, Cindy (Nancy Fowler) Betz; step- sisters, Lynn Mitchell and Judy Rickert; a step-brother, James Stevens; sisters-in-law, Pat (Edward) Ott, and Ginny (Jeff) Bergman; brothers-in-law, Mark Hodge and Bill (Lynn) Hodge; an uncle, Bradley (Kara) Cress; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends; and his dog, Jack.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association or the Children’s Care Corporation, Illinois Elks Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2013; the Elk’s Lodge 664 will hold a service at 7p.m., at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2013, at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 21, 2013

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Steve Toth

February 16, 2013

Diane, Carole, Jim, and family. It is with great sadness that I learn of Barry's passing. I shared with my wife what a great friendship we all shared and how much time we spent laughing together. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. I'm praying for God's peace for all of you.

January 25, 2013

Diane, You and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Collinsville Curve Girls, Martha Mizulski

Cheri Bauman

January 25, 2013

Diane, Michael, and Kristen, I am so lucky to have been friends with Barry, he was a great father, husband and friend. He is going to be missed by all. But he will always have a place in my heart. He was one of a kind. Remember only the good die young.

January 24, 2013

Diane, Michael, Kristen and Family,
Our heart felt sadness for your sudden loss of Barry. Please don't hesitate to call on us to help in any way we can. Gary, Pat, and Ursula

January 22, 2013

Dianne, So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and thought! Karen Barbee-Bartoni

Lynn & Scott Iler

January 22, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Jerry McGee Sr.

January 22, 2013

"Diane, You and your family are in our prayers. Barry was a great man, a great friend. He will be missed by all. Please know that Tom and I are here if you..." Barry and i work together for many years at the Boeing company.You have my deepest sympathy and condolences. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bittle Family

January 21, 2013

To the Betz Family We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Will Always remember him walking around at the race track with his cigar in his mouth and great sense of humor.

Mike Kraus

January 21, 2013

My condolences to you and your family

American Heart Association

January 21, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.