Obituary Notice: William I. Betts III

William I. Betts III, 73, of Florida died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at Suncoast Hospice Care Center, Pinellas, Fla.

Mr. Betts was born Dec. 18, 1940, the son of William I. Betts Jr. and Margaret (Shively) Betts, both of whom preceded him in death, as well as an infant sister, Margaret.

He is survived by a sister, Rhonda Betts Halford and her husband, Thomas of Lincolnshire, Ill., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Betts spent his younger years in Clearfield. He graduated from Clearfield Area High School in the class of 1958. Mr. Betts worked as a copy editor at Doubleday for much of 30 of 39 years, both in-house and freelance.

Mr. Betts was a lover of New York City and had a large collection of New York City books. However, he kept his collection down to 200 items.

There will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Bennett & Houser Funeral Home Inc. of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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