Juan V. Betancourt, 65

Posted on May 5, 2015

Juan V. Betancourt, 65, of Bluffton, passed away at 4:12 a.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Juan was born Aug. 5, 1949, in Brownsville, Texas, to Albert and Tonia (Vega) Betancourt. He moved to Bluffton in 1980 from Texas and was the supervisor and a foreman for the Freemont Company in Bluffton for 25 years, retiring in 2013. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church along with holding memberships in the Bluffton Eagles and the Moose Lodge. On Sept. 14, 1968, in Portland, Juan and Kathie Lewis were married.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathie of Bluffton; along with children, Starr (Scott) Lowe of Bluffton, Rosario Betancourt of Bluffton, Marco (Amy) Betancourt of Bluffton and Juan (Angie) Betancourt of Ohio; along with 15 grandchildren.
He is also survived by siblings, Nena (Eddie) Sosa of Brownsville, Texas, David (Toni) Esparza of California, Juanita (Jose) Alvarey of Olmita, Texas, Linda (Frank) Gonzales, Jose Esparza, Luis (Mary) Esparza, Franisco (Romonia) Esparza and Margaurita (Robert) Bookerkey all of Brownsville, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Fidel Esparza.
A celebration of life party will be held at a later date this summer. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.

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