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C. Larry Bettis


C. Larry Bettis, 81, of Carlinville, passed away Thursday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Larry was born on March 26, 1941 to Jesse and Charlotte (Alderson) Bettis in Springfield.

Larry graduated from Girard High School in 1959 then attended Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis for trucking and railroad traffic management.

He returned to this area and worked different jobs, including truck dispatcher and electrician. Larry then learned the farming trade from his grandfather. Tending to his land and animals would become his life-long passion for the next 50 years. In addition to being a grain and livestock farmer, he became a crop insurance agent later in life.

He loved working in his shop, fixing and building things, and was well-known for his mechanical ability.

Larry is survived by his partner of 36 years, Cora Smith of Springfield; daughters, Crystal (Marc) Peltz of St. Petersburg, FL, Lori Osborne of Normal; granddaughter, Megan Osborne of Normal; brother, David Bettis of Caseyville; nephew, Charles (Ashley) Bettis; and niece, Becky (Scott) Kaufmann.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Girard, with Larry’s nephew Charlie Bettis, officiating.

Burial took place in the Virden Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Girard Fire and Rescue, PO Box 75, Girard, IL 62640.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard is in charge of arrangements.

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