Richard “Zeke” Betz

May 16, 1928 - July 29, 2011

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Betz, Richard V. “Zeke”, beloved brother of Jean Brockhoff and the late Dorothy Steigerwald, Joseph, Frank, Emil and Irvin Betz, survived by 14 nieces and nephews. Friday July 29, 2011 age 83. Visitation at St. Vivian Church 7600 Winton Rd., Finneytown Tuesday from 9:30 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. Donations to charity of donors choice. Condolences at


Sylvia M. Betz - Aug 2, 2011

Dear Jean, Bill and Family,

I’m sorry I was unable to get to the visitation this morning for your brother Richard to extend my condolences in person. I found out about his passing thru the parish email news this morning. I arrived at St. Vivian’s just as the casket was being wheeled into the church from the gather room. Richard sounds like a really neat guy and I’m sure you’re going to miss him greatly. I didn’t know his middle name was “Valentine” — was he named after my Dad? It was a lovely Mass and the music was wonderful. The violinist works with me here at St. Xavier. Know that my prayers are with you during the difficult time. This is the 40th year of the passing of my Dad and I still think of him and pray to him every day — where does the time go? (I’ve been a parishioner at St. Vivian’s all my life — Mom & Dad were founders of the parish in the 1940’s.)

With kindest regards,

Sylvia M. Betz (Uncle Val’s daughter)