Charles Robert Betts, 70, of Granite City, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at his home.
He was born on July 25, 1945, in Atchison, Kan., a son to the late Charles and Helen (Pickerel) Betts.
Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army for 24 years, retiring as a First Sergeant. During his 24-year career, Charles served in the Vietnam War earning an Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Medical Badge, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal. In his civilian life, Charles enjoyed dancing with his wife, Meg, and riding in his MRZ Spider. He loved to work around the house, yard work, washing his car and watching TV. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Charles is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Margaret “Meg” (MacZura) Betts, whom he married Aug. 13, 1988; his sons, Charles Betts Jr. and fiancée (Janet) of St. Louis; and Sean and (Alexis) Betts of Granite City; granddaughter, Skylar Michelle Betts of Granite City; sisters, Peggy, Rita, Judy and Sally; and his buddies, Honey and Cody.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Gene, Bill, Mike and Jim; his sister, Lisa; and his buddy, Sparky.
In celebration of his life, friends and family are meeting at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for a 1 p.m. service Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, with Chaplain Andre D’Arden officiating. Full military rites will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Wounded Warriors or the Disabled American Veterans. Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, is serving the family.