August 5, 1930 - November 23, 2015


Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silver Creek for Ralph C. Betzler, 85, of Clearwater who passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend George Sagissor III will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Cemetery in Hasty.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, Clearwater.

Ralph was born on August 5, 1930 in Silver Creek to Hugo and Helen (Hoglund) Betzler. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War where he was awarded a purple heart. He married Diane Lind in 1953 and she passed away in 1981. He married Donna Shipley in 1982 and they have resided in Clearwater. Ralph drove gas transport for Indianhead Truckline for 36 years, retiring in 1992. Ralph was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Clearwater American Legion Post #323, Monticello Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8731 and the Teamsters Union.

Ralph was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Curt (Suesan) of Clearwater; Becky (Jayd) Lindom of Monticello; brothers and sister, Donald (Ruth), Steve (Nancy), Gary (Rita) and Joyce (Kirk) Hankins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane; parents; and sisters, Dorothy Greene, and Marilyn Loch.