Richard “Dick” Betts, 91, of Youngsville, PA., died Saturday, October 23, 2021, at his residence. He was born November 12, 1929, in Buffalo, New York. Dick was the son of Clifford R. and Rhea Northrop Betts. He was a Warren area resident most of his life and wintered at his home in The Villages, Florida. He graduated from Warren High School in June 1948. He enlisted in August of 1948 with the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Philippine Sea aircraft carrier. In June of 1953, he earned his bachelor’s of science degree, in Commerce, from Grove City College. Dick joined the family business, Betts Ind., in 1953 and was elected President in 1962, retiring with 55 years of dedicated service. Through Dick’s leadership example and heartfelt compassion for people, he set a high bar for future generations of company management.
Dick loved being a part of the Warren Community by being actively involved with the Warren YMCA Board of Directors and served as former President. He served on the Warren County Industrial Management Association. He was a major supporter of the Warren Boy Scouts of America and Warren Recreational Softball League. He loved his Betts Black Knights! Without saying, Dick also quietly touched the lives of many in the Warren community.
Dick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Peterson Betts, Richards children – Clifford R. Betts and wife, Martha, Jeannene M. Betts, and Wyatt R. Betts all of Warren, PA., 3 Grandsons – Ryan, Ross, and Michael Betts, Susans children – Randal and Steven Hoskinson and Michelle Robertson and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward L. Betts.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M.
And on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, one hour prior to a funeral service at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA., with Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park, Warren, PA. Those wishing to place memorial contributions may do so through The Betts Foundation, 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, Pa., 16365 or YMCA of Warren County, 212 Lexington Avenue, Warren, PA., 16365 or Boy Scouts of America Chief Cornplanter Council, 316 Fourth Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com