Major Andrew Paul Betz, U.S. Army, (Ret.), died peacefully at Hospice Austin's Christopher House on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 7, 1956 in Syracuse, New York to Dr. Edward Betz and Joanna Wells Betz. Andy died at age 56, six months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Andy grew up in Glens Falls, New York, attending grade school at St. Alphonsus School where he served as an altar boy, and graduating from St. Mary's Academy in 1974. He went on to attend the State University of New York at Brockport on the Betty Crocker Scholarship, transferring to Northwest Missouri State and graduating with a Bachelor's degree in agriculture. After working on a farm in Arkansas, he joined the Army spending the next twenty years (and one day) serving his country. During his time in the Army, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. After many changes in location, he moved to Dripping Springs, Texas, during his final assignment at Ft. Hood. Upon his retirement from the Army, he had a short stint as an entrepreneur and then utilized his military training in procurement and supply chain management for the oil and gas industry.
A devout Catholic, he loved to attend Mass and provide smoked briskets and trimmings for parish feasts. He was very involved in the life of his seven children: coaching them and cheering for them in their athletic, academic, and religious training.
Andrew is predeceased by his father, Dr. Edward Betz and father-in-law, James Ford. He will be sadly missed by his mother, Joanna Wells Betz; mother-in-law, Norma Lee Ford; wife, Kimberly Betz; children, J'Kai, Andrea, Jessica, Katherine, Ella, Samuel, and Henry Betz; sisters, Olivia Lewis and Sister Marie Reginald; brothers, John and Carl Betz; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, godchildren, and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 14, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with a Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 7815 Orland Park, San Antonio, Texas, 78213 with Father Stephen P. Zigrang, Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Andrew's memory to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Orland Street, San Antonio, Texas.