James Bettles

James L Bettles

Thursday, May 7th, 1942 - Friday, April 2nd, 2021
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James L. “Jim” Bettles was born May 7, 1942 near Delavan Kansas the son of Jessie and Marjorie (Platz) Bettles. He grew up in the Wilsey area and graduated from Wilsey High School.

On April 5, 1970 he married Patricia Ann Harrison in Abilene. Jim and Patricia made their home in Enterprise where Jim worked for CE/ABB and worked as a part time policeman. Following the closing of CE/ABB, Jim became the Police Chief of Enterprise where he retired after receiving recognition for 25 years of dedicated service. He was very well respected and honored in his community.

Jim was an ornery man who had no shortage of jokes, keys hanging from his belt loop, embellished fish stories and a smile for everyone he met. Jim was a longstanding member of The Shriners/Masons Society as well as the Lion’s Club. Jim loved fishing, hunting, camping, playing pool and watching sports.

He is survived by his children Roger Brock of Herington, Debra (Ryan) Elder of Hope, Sheryl Ward of Abilene, and Michael (Penny) Bettles of Salina, sisters Juanita Roberts of Council Grove, Karen Redding of Waverly, 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia in 2006 and his son Steven Bettles in 2009, and his parents Jessie and Marjorie Bettles.

Funeral services for Jim will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene with Pastor Stan Norman officiating. His final resting place will be in the Hope City Cemetery with Masonic Burial Rites. Jim’s family will receive friends from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dickinson County or to the Fraternal Order of Police and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 10:00am
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Stan Norman
    Pastor Roger Walls
  • Interment

    Thursday, April 8th, 2021 |
    Thursday, April 8th, 2021
    Hope City Cemetery
    HOPE, KS
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Posted at 08:26pm
Jim was always there if I had any law questions. Most importantly he was a true friend. You are truest missed and prayers for your family.
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Elizabeth Olsen

Posted at 08:18pm
JJim was a wonderful friend toKristy Diane and I. He went to Herrington Lake with us; we brought all the food and drink for the weekend and he was our “body guard”! He baited my fishing hook and once a month he used to bring Kristy to visit me in Salina while he attended his compassionate friends meeting. He attended our many numerous parties ; he was a pleasure to be around:
I sent him cards while he was in the hospital and sent him the balloons and happy face coffee cup ; because it fit how he made us all feel HAPPY! What a kind wonderful caring sweet man he was ; we will miss him! Your father will be next to Jesus Reuniting with his wife and son I will keep your family in my prayers Betsy Olsen

Jeff, Cheri, Dave and Trish Schimming

Posted at 01:30pm
Thinking of all of you. Jim was a very special person with one of the biggest heart of gold ever known.
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Solomon Tafesse

Posted at 12:31pm
I am thankful for having the privilege of knowing Jim Bettles. May God give his Family and Freinds strength to withstand the pain from the loss.
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Chuck Moore

Posted at 07:43pm
Went to KLETC in Yoder Class 144 with Jim one of the best people I knew there and good friend there. Rest in Peace and Stay Safe.

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