Richard George Betar

May 27, 1923February 27, 2013

NEW IBERIA – Funeral Services will be conducted for Mr. Richard George Betar, age 89, at 3:00 pm Friday, March 1, 2013 at Evangeline Funeral Home with Fr. Steve LeBlanc officiating. Interment will be held at Rosehill Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #1982.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday with a Masonic Service at 7:00 pm. The funeral home will reopen at 10:00 am on Friday until service time. A native and resident of New Iberia, Mr. Betar passed away at 12:06 am on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at River Oaks Nursing Home.

Mr. Betar was a WWII Veteran of the US Army who served his country honorably in the European Theatre. He was a 32nd Degree member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM; and was a ham radio operator (Call letters, K5REN) who assisted many servicemen in communicating with their families while stationed at the naval base. Mr. Betar was a master mechanic in machinery who could repair and fix everything; and was the owner of Cajun Clock Co. He was a very artistic person who enjoyed building Cajun cabins and model ships in glass bottles. His love of cooking was very evident in his specialties, kibbeh, grape leaf and cabbage mahshi, fig preserves and apple cakes, but his most important kitchen duty was in the delivery of Sadie’s delicious pralines to her many loyal customers.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda B. Breaux and husband Lee of New Iberia and Betsy B. Hebert and husband Hodgie of Lafayette; one granddaughter, Genee’ Nicole Hebert of Lafayette; one nephew, David Taylor and two nieces, Fern Waguespack and Kathy Hirsch.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie Chataignier Betar; parents, James and Ada Fern Mungerson Betar; one brother, Harold Betar and one sister, Betty Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Lee Breaux, Hodgie Hebert, Sonny Waguespack, Eric Waguespack, Neil Chataignier, John Betar and Jude Chataignier.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Masonic Service Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013

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Francine Schuler Garzotto

March 4, 2013

Linda & Betsy: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was such a fine person and a wonderful "clock man". He worked on so many of my mother's antiques clocks. He will be missed!
Francine Schuler Garzotto

Oneika Mercier

March 1, 2013

It was a pleasure to get to know your dad. I will miss his smile and sense of humor. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in the arms of the angels until we meet again

Greg & Patsy Hebert

March 1, 2013

Linda and Lee, our deepest sympathy....May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. God be with you.

Cherwyn Breaux

March 1, 2013

Linda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Brenda Hebert

February 28, 2013

Linda, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Praying for you.

Lindsay Auzenne

February 28, 2013

So sorry for the loss. We will miss him so much at work!!


February 28, 2013

Dear Linda, Bets, & families,
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY! Mr. Betar was such a gentleman. May he R.I.P. Praying for you during this trying time!

Sonya Gore

February 28, 2013

Genee' & Ms. Betsy - I am sorry for your loss, please accept my deepest sympathies. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Breaux

February 28, 2013

Linda, so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My deepest sympathy for you and your family. No one can ever replace the love and care of a Mother and Father. May God welcome him into heaven where he will enjoy the company of your Mom once again in the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Brenda Kern

February 28, 2013

Linda, Deepest sympathy on your loss. Thinking of you and your family. Their memory lives on in our heart and our memories. Praying for you and your family.

Brenda Faulk Kern - NISH Class of 1967