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Donald Betke

Donald E. Betke Sr.

Monday, December 19th, 1938 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Obituary

Donald E. Betke, Sr., 81 of Bellwood, passed away peacefully Friday, August 7, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family, after complications from congestive heart failure. He was born December 19, 1938 in Evanston, Ill., son of the late Louis and Edna (Fontaine) Betke. On Aug. 5, 1961, he married L. Deloris Campbell in Arlington, Va.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 59 years; three children, Brenda (James) Wilson, of Flinton, Linda (James) Silva of Columbus, OH, and Donald, Jr., of Bellwood; and 5 grandchildren, Brooke (Jamie) Abrell, Kaitlyn Davis, and Alexis, Augustus and Aiden Betke.
Donald is a 1957 graduate of Evanston Township High School, Illinois, and also attended Northern Illinois University. He later joined the Army, where he served 6 years as an Honor Guard at Fort Myer, VA. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in 1965, during the VietNam Era. Donald was a line operator at PPG. After retirement, he worked part-time for Federated Auto Parts as a delivery driver. Donald was a lifetime member of the Bavarian Hall and Vice-President of the Altoona Bowling Association.
He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed many years on his boat with his children and grandchildren. He was also a very achieved bowler, throwing a 300 in his career. He enjoyed watching his favorite teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins and Penn State Nittany Lions. Donald always had a joke or story for everyone he spoke with. He was very loved by all, and will be deeply missed by everyone.

At the request of his family, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
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At the request of the family, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Brooke Abrell

Posted at 02:00pm
I don't think there's enough room on this wall to share all the memories we had! You taught me how to bowl, fish, and not take crap from anyone!! You were one of my best friends, and I will always remember your jokes, stories, and smart attitude (that I'm so glad I inherited). You knew all my secrets, and we would ALWAYS cuss and joke about them!! We had lots of inside jokes, and each visit was so memorable. Your memory will be alive in the hearts and minds of everyone your sweet soul touched over the years! Fly high my angel!!!!!

Steve Lucas

Posted at 12:53pm
Don was a great man and a good friend over the years !!! Rest in Peace !!!
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