Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Donald H. Betts

Donald H. Betts, age 77, of Shelby, died Sunday, October 25, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Don was born October 29, 1942 in Sulphur Springs, Ohio to the late Lawrence and Leona (Raymond) Betts. He was a 1960 graduate of Shelby High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country from 1962-1966. Don was employed with Shelby Business Forms for 35 years, retiring in 2005 under the Miami Systems ownership. Don was an active member of the Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post 326 where he held several offices over the years including serving as Past Commander. Don also had been a member of the Shelby Jaycees, was a past board member of the Richland County MRDD (currently the Richland County Board of Developmental Disability), and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee. A sports fan, Don loved The Ohio State University Buckeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and the Cleveland Indians. He also enjoyed tinkering on cars and absolutely loved having his family over to the house and being around them, even if, as they tease, he also enjoyed it when they left.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Evelyn L. (Barber) Betts, whom he wed on October 22, 1966; 5 children: Jim Betts of Shelby, Lisa (Doug) Lear of Fostoria, Carl Betts of Shelby, Brian Betts of Galion, and Larry Betts of Lima; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Al Betts, and a granddaughter, Olivia Lear.

Family and friends are welcome to attend funeral services for Don on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where the family will greet guests one hour prior from 12 noon – 1pm. Pastor Jeff Croft will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Special Olympics or Trinity Shining Lights Preschool and left in care of the funeral home.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Don’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Megan Russell Shook says:

    Dear Betts Family,
    My heart goes out to you.
    Deepest Sympathies,
    Megan Russell Shook

  2. Linda Zuercher says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Pam Lynch says:

    Lisa and family,
    I’m so sorry to read this about the passing of your dad. You have my sincere condolences.

  4. Kim Haney says:

    So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers!

  5. Gina Bunker says:

    To the Betts Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, you all with be in my thoughts and prayers. I always got the biggest kick out of talking to Don, he was a great guy and will be missed by all. Hugs to each of you.

  6. Greg Scott says:

    My prayers go out to the Family—R.I.P. Don

  7. Dick Tomlinson says:

    don,was a joy to be around and helped so much with the trustees of the church >his help will be greatly missed .he was always ready to help .condolences to evelyn and the family.his love was felt by many and will live on in those he touched

  8. Brandy Doughty says:

    All my love and positive vibes to the family. He was such a wonderful man that I always looked forward to seeing when I was a bartender at the Legion. His smile and laughter could light up the room.

  9. Julie Cockley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss!! Sending thoughts and prayers for all of you!! He sure was a special man!! He will be missed dearly!! ❤❤

  10. Michelle, Ashlee, & Remi Drover says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Don’s passing. Sending love to you all!!

  11. Elaine Smith says:

    To the Betts family,
    I’m truly sorry for your loss. Will keep the family in my prayers.

  12. Terry Roop says:

    Rip ole buddy ! I will miss you my friend love ya! My sympathies to your family! Fly high till we meet again! Thanks for your friendship brother.

  13. Cindy Jones says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have always enjoyed my time with him. My condolences to Evelyn and your family.

  14. Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum says:

    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Donald H. Betts, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Air Force Veteran, Donald H. Betts, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  15. John Eldridge says:

    Prayers for the family, I would call Don a friend we would always talk when I seen him out somewhere .

  16. Tom Hadley says:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a great guy and a friend to all that knew him. I will keep all in my prayers.

  17. Angela Matthews says:

    Praying for you Lisa & family during this difficult time. God bless you✝️

  18. Joan W Wise says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man, and I know Vada thought the world of him. He will be deeply missed by all I’m sure.

  19. Michael A Biglin says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  20. Paul Athy says:

    You have my sincere condolences and prayers on Don’s passing.

  21. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    So very sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for the entire family

    The Shepherd Family

  22. Grandma Dot says:

    Dear Evelyn and families: just read about Don’s passing. so sorry to hear .
    May God hold you all in his Loving arms and comfort you. Prayers and loving
    thoughts to Becky, Briannna, Kalee and Abby. What a blessing they know how much he loved them and they loved him. What a comfort in this world today!

  23. Tiffany Lear and family says:

    My heart and love goes out to my mother Lisa Lear and her family. I’m so sorry for not being there today to lay grandpa to rest. I wish I had more time to get to know him better. Im sure he was a very loving man. From what I had of time. I seen a very family oriented man and loved his family. Even his step (his bonus family as Lisa Lear called it.) May he rest in the heavens and look down with a smile on his face.

  24. Richard and Amy Russell says:

    Evelyn and Family –
    So very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Many great memories of our neighborhood just a “few” years ago. Rest in peace, Don, your family is in our prayers.

  25. Russell Betts says:

    Don was indeed a true American and a credit to his country, his community and his family. Missed by all.

  26. Michael Hosler says:

    My condolences to the Bett’s family. Don was a friend and co-worker years ago. Always enjoyed his company.

  27. Nancy Lynch says:

    Lisa and family:
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a good man and always gave me a hug, a pat on the back and a big grin when he saw me. Keep the memories special. You and Joy have a lot of memories together.
    Don’t forget the Nashville trip.

  28. Michael Graham says:

    Evelyn and family-
    My sincere condolenses in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather.

    He will be missed, I am sure.

    Cousin Mike Graham

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