James W. Betts, 81, Topeka, formerly of Russell, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Jim was born May 20, 1938 in Kansas City, MO, and was adopted by George and F. Nadine (Howard) Betts. The family moved to Geneso and lived there through Jim’s high school years. He graduated from Geneso High School in 1956 and attended Sterling College. He served in the medical corps in the U.S. Navy. Jim married Carolyn Joan Hartman on November 3, 1963. They moved to Wichita in 1964, where they both worked in the Wichita Clinic. They moved to Russell in 1966 and Jim took the position as the Chief Radiological Tech at the Russell Regional Hospital, retiring after 34 years of service. Carolyn, his wife of 46 years, died May 26, 2000. Survivors include daughters, Jonette (Jeff) Penton, Topeka, Paula (Aaron) Marshall, Elkhorn, NE; grandchildren Connor and Lizzie Penton, Matthew and Caroline Marshall; and life partner, Peggy Hammerschmidt and family of Overland Park. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Judy Voeltz.
Cremation has taken place and a Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Russell City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Russell Regional Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary is in charge of the graveside services.
Dove Southwest Chapel is assisting with the Topeka arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.DoveTopeka.com