Dec. 10, 2018


Funeral services for Wally Betz, 77 year old Buffalo resident who passed away suddenly Monday morning at his home in Buffalo, will be held Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Mike Lavato officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home chapel on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.  A private family interment will be held at a later date.  Donations in Wally’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com

Wallace Wayne Betz was born on July 8, 1941 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Alvin and Mary Betz. He grew up on the family ranch and went to school in Clearmont. He graduated from Clearmont High School with the class of 1959.  After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany and the U.S. and earned the classification of Expert Marksman.  After an honorable discharge he made a stop in Detroit, Michigan where he met the love of his life, Linda LeCounte, on a blind date in August of 1963.  In October of that year Wally and Linda were married and made their home in Detroit where Wally was a welder. In 1969 they moved to Clearmont, Wyoming where he worked for his Dad on the family ranch.  In October of 1970 they moved to Buffalo and he took a job with City Electric.  In 1990 he worked for a short time as a welder for Bolinger Welding.  Ill health forced him to retire in 1996 and he continued living in Buffalo until his death.

Wally was a Life Member of the NRA, and was a member of the Buffalo Gun Club. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time in the mountain and shooting firearms of all kinds. His passion was spending time with his entire family and his dogs.

He is survived by three sons, Kenneth Betz and his wife Christy of Buffalo, Robert Betz and his wife Paula also of Buffalo, and Roger Betz and his wife Kathryn of Helena, Montana; two daughters, Michelle Glavan and her husband Dana of Casper and Melody Ruen and her husband Kyle of Gillette; three brothers Bernard Betz and his wife Linda of Clearmont, Ralph Betz and his wife Arlene of Caldwell, Idaho and Bob Betz of Iowa; one sister Marilu Minor and her husband Charles of Medford, Oregon; a close family friend who was like a son, Shawn Fender of Buffalo; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Chuck and Jim Betz.

Sheridan & Johnson County Obituaries