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Jack Edward Betchan
Obituary for
Jack Edward Betchan
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Sunday, May 4, 2003

Funeral services for Jack Edward Betchan, 89, of Orlando will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the First Baptist Church of Perry. Interment will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry.
Betchan was born March 11, 1914 near Gainesville, Texas, one of eight children of Edward O. and Julia E. Betchan. He died May 2, 2003.
He moved with his parents to a farm northwest of Mulhall in 1918. He attended Pleasant Valley and Mulhall Schools, and on Aug. 5, 1939, he married Alma Grace Caudle, daughter of Ernest and Brittie Caudle of Southeast Garfield County.
During the 1930s, he worked in the Orlando oil fields - first with a team of mules. He later learned to operate a bulldozer. He worked as a bulldozer operator for Houston-Elliott Construction Company in Perry until 1945. In 1947 he began his own dirt construction business. Most of his work was in Noble, Garfield and Logan Counties. In 1961, he received the Banker's Award for soil conservation practices.
In 1950, he and his wife purchased a farm northwest of Orlando in southeast Garfield County. The family moved there in 1951.
The Betchan family has been involved in activities in the Orlando and Potter communities. Jack served on the Orlando School Board from 1954 to 1962. He was involved in neighborhood improvement activities and recognized for many accomplishments. He was active in the Garfield County Farm Bureau and later was a member of the Noble County Farm Bureau.
Jack was a member of the Potter Interdenominational Church and centered his life around activities in the Potter Community. He was an avid fisherman, and upon retirement he raised channel catfish.
Survivors include his wife of almost 64 years, Alma, of Orlando and Tulsa; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia (Judy) and Don Weinkauf of Tulsa and Brittie Sue and Ed Pearch of Dallas; grandchildren Donnita and Dr. WIlliam Wynn of McAlester, Kirk and Donna Weinkauf of Tulsa, Craig McCaul of Oklahoma City, Amy and Brian Hardin of Grand Prairie, Texas and Regina and Don Whitsitt of Kaufman, Texas; great-grandchildren Derek and Kent Weinkauf of Tulsa, Julia and Alana Wynn of McAlester, Hailey Jumper and Cayman Hardin of Grand Prairie, Dr. William and Neely Wynn of Tulsa, Michael Wynn of Tulsa, Sheila and Dr. Bob Todd of Edmond and Chad and Hailee Hardin of Grand Prairie.
Memorials may be made to Camp Joy Youth Camp or Potter Interdenominational Church and may be sent to the Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th, Perry OK 73077.


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