Pete Betancur, Sr., 86, Mitchell

Pete Betancur, Sr., 86, of Mitchell, was called to the Lord peacefully Monday, June 16, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell with Father Stephen Deaver as Celebrant. Visitation will be held Friday at Jones Mortuary from 10am until 6pm with a Rosary service following at 7pm at the church. Interment will follow at Mitchell City Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Pete's honor be made in care of the family to be designated at a later time.

Pete was born May 13, 1928 in Lakin, KS to John Betancur, Sr. and Loretta Carillo Betancur. He received his education in Lakin, KS and later moved to Mitchell in 1946. After being drafted into the US Army in 1952, then honorably discharged in 1954, he married Jennie Savala on Jan 8, 1955 at the old St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell and started a family. He was also was a member of the Army Reserves from 1954 – 1960.

Pete worked at the Sugar Factory from 1960 – 1980 until he retired due to health reasons. He mowed lawns for a number of years and worked as the Mitchell Elementary School crossing guard from 2006 til 2011. He loved to play baseball in his younger years around the region; and he coached baseball locally for a few years. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed watching wrestling and football. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Pete is survived by his children Cindy Garcia and Anthony Betancur both of Mitchell, Pete (Helen) Betancur, Jr., of Taylor, WI and Grace (Jesus) Duque of Scottsbluff, NE; sister Mickey Velasquez of Mitchell; brother Ramon (Blanche) Betancur of Terrytown; 13 grandkids; 30 great grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, wife Jennie, son Randolph, grandson Joey Lopez, granddaughter Angela, brother John, and sisters Sadie, Ruth and Frances preceded him in death.

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