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Harley Peter Betz, Jr.

April 26, 1951 March 17, 2020
Harley Peter Betz, Jr.
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Obituary for Harley Peter Betz, Jr.

Harley Peter Betz, Jr., 68, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 26, 1951 in Adrian, MI, son of the late Harley Peter Betz, Sr. and Melva Jean Koester.

Harley proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from Exterior Expressions as a Construction Superintendent. Quiet by nature, Harley was always ready with a quick one liner to put a smile on your face. He enjoyed yardwork and was an avid NASCAR fan. A loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, he took great pride in his family and taking care of them. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen M. Betz; son, Michael T. Betz (Jennifer Smith) of Charlotte, NC; step-mother, Shirley Betz of Barberton, OH; sisters, Bonnie Shumacher of NY, Wanda Chandler and husband, Mark of OH, Linda Shumacher and husband, Harold of OH and Judy Santiago of TX; brothers, James Betz of MI and Dean Betz of NY; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved fur-babies, Ellie, Marley and Buddy.

Due to the safety and health concerns of the family, friends and all of those who would like to attend services, the family has decided to postpone services until a later date. They will be held at Palmetto Funeral Home in Fort Mill with military honors and those times will be announced when arrangements have been finalized.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harley’s memory to: the National Kidney Association by mail to: National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or online at:

Online condolences may be directed to:

Palmetto Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Fort Mill, SC (803.802.7788) is assisting the family.

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Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution

National Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street
Finance Department
New York, NY 10016

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