OBITUARY

James Ronald Betterly

December 6, 1958April 24, 2021
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James Ronald Betterly, 62, of White Oak, MI went to be with the Lord April 24th, 2021.

James was born on December 6th, 1958 to Ronald Betterly and Barbara Smith in Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from Dansville High School, James went on to join the United States Army. James was a part of the Airborne Division as a Pathfinder and took tremendous pride in his service, and proudly shared stories of jumping out of airplanes with his dog Whiskey Jo.

After serving in the Military, James had a few different jobs but none of them he loved as much as being on the open road as a long haul truck driver. James learned of his love and passion for the road at a young age as he followed in the footsteps of his father. Some other passions he shared were riding his Harley, hunting, collecting antiques, story telling, and spending time with friends and family - especially his 3 grand children.

In 2015, James suffered a stroke and moved to the Lansing area where he settled into his new home with his best friend and companion, Jingo. The two were inseparable and even though Jingo is a 60 pound German Shepherd, she thought she was a lap dog. Truly a man's best friend. James was proud of his daughters and thoroughly loved being a Grandfather. His face would light up every time he saw them, being a Grandpa was one of his greatest joys.

James is survived by his three daughters, Jessica, Jolene, Julie and son in law Aaron, in addition to three grandchildren, Savannah, Joseph, Eleanor. Also surviving are his mother Barbara, siblings Steve (Joanne) and Teresa (Rusty) and several other beloved family members. James was preceded in death by his son John, Aunt Dawn, and his father and stepmother Ron and Gale Betterly.

Visitation will be held from 12-2pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman Williamston Chapel, 205 E. Middle Street, Williamston, MI 48895. The service will follow at 4pm at Millville United Methodist Church, 1932 M-52, Stockbridge, MI 49285.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in to the American Stroke Association in his memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Marsha Robb (Hansen)

April 30, 2021

I grew up with Jim from kindergarten through 12th grade. He was the class clown in my eyes. He did have a heart of gold even if he didn't come across that way. He would do anything for anybody. I'm sorry he had to leave us this soon. He definitely left a mark on this earth. Peace be with you Jim and all of your loved ones.

Vicki Brown Butler

April 29, 2021

I graduated with Jim in 1977. Jim always had a smile in his face. So sorry for the family loss. RIP Jim

Sandy Risner-Schikorra

April 28, 2021

Jim was one of my childhood friends growing up in White Oak Township and attending Millville Church. There was never a dull moment when Jim was around. He used to love to tease Beth Wilcox and I. RIP Jim, suffer no longer.

Kary Betterly

April 28, 2021

Wow, the fun we had, the places I seen as a co-pilot, all the things I learned. I will always cherish the times. I wouldn’t trade my time as Mrs Betterly for anything.

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Biography

James Ronald Betterly, 62, of White Oak, MI went to be with the Lord April 24th, 2021.

James was born on December 6th, 1958 to Ronald Betterly and Barbara Smith in Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from Dansville High School, James went on to join the United States Army. James was a part of the Airborne Division as a Pathfinder and took tremendous pride in his service, and proudly shared stories of jumping out of airplanes with his dog Whiskey Jo.

After serving in the Military, James had a few different jobs but none of them he loved as much as being on the open road as a long haul truck driver. James learned of his love and passion for the road at a young age as he followed in the footsteps of his father. Some other passions he shared were riding his Harley, hunting, collecting antiques, story telling, and spending time with friends and family - especially his 3 grand children.

In 2015, James suffered a stroke in and moved to the Lansing area where he settled into his new home with his best friend and companion, Jingo. The two were inseparable and even though Jingo is a 60 pound German Shepherd, she thought she was a lap dog. Truly a man's best friend. James was proud of his daughters and thoroughly loved being a Grandfather. His face would light up every time he saw them, being a Grandpa was one of his greatest joys.