Melvin “Mel” Willis Betz 74 of Blissfield, Michigan passed away suddenly at his cottage in rural Clare County, Michigan, on Monday, June 10, 2019. Melvin was born February 7, 1945 in Adrian, Michigan, the son of Wendell T. Betz and Cora Belle (Iffland) Betz. Upon graduating from Sand Creek High School, Sand Creek, Michigan, Mel attended four years of Technical School. He immediately began employment with Dana Spicer of Toledo, Ohio, where he dedicated thirty years of service as a millwright. Upon the closing of Dana Spicer, Mel joined the Chrysler Corporation and spent fifteen years there as a millwright. On May 2, 1964 at the Metamora United Methodist Church, Metamora, Ohio, Melvin was united in marriage to Ms. Diana Lynn Richard. Mr. Betz had been a resident of Blissfield since 1970, moving from Metamora.
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Mr. Betz was a member of Metamora United Methodist Church. He was passionate about farming, a passion that he held since he was five years old, helping on the family farm. He retired from farming in 2019 after sixty-nine years. He was very proud and dedicated to creating and maintaining the “perfect yard and pond.” Mel enjoyed travelling to the family cottage in rural Clare County throughout the years, where he enjoyed spending time making memories with his family. Mel and Diana wintered in Englewood, Florida for many years, where they befriended many over a game of cards, Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball and Cornhole. Mel loved cooking and baking, a skill he shared with his sons. He was considered by his family as the “World’s Best” Potato Pancake maker. Mel was a fan of University of Michigan Football and the Detroit Lions. He was always ready to go to a Casino and try his luck at winning.
Surviving Mr. Betz is his wife and best friend of fifty-five years, Mrs. Diana Lynn Betz of Blissfield, two loving sons; Steven Betz and wife Shelley of Swanton, Ohio and Brian and Chris Betz of Manitou Beach, Michigan, daughter in law, Karen Betz of Palmyra, Michigan, eight grandchildren; Christopher Betz, Victoria Betz, Taylor Betz, Jacob Betz, Elisabeth Betz, Camille Betz, Garrett Betz and Grant Betz, one sister, Diane Darm of Blissfield, one brother, Ted Betz of Jasper, Michigan, brother and sister in law, Dean and Cindy Richard of Jasper, many nieces, nephews, cousins and his one and only daughter, Missy the dog. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Betz, three brothers; Gary, Mark and Gale, one sister in law, Judy Frederick and one brother in law, Melvin Darm.
Memorial services celebrating the life of Mel will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Betz may be considered to: Metamora United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 288, Metamora, Ohio 43540, or the donor’s charity of choice. To share an online memory or condolence with Mel’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mr. Betz are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.
In true Melvin Betz fashion, “I’m glad y’all got to see me”