Leroy Donald ‘Buz’ Betzoldt

Leroy Donald ‘Buz’ Betzoldt, age 84 of Tecumseh died January 14, 2021, at home after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia with his family by his side. Buz was born to Raymond and Carrie (Bird) Betzoldt on October 9, 1936, in Romulus. He spent the majority of his younger years in Macon and loved his Tecumseh.He attended Michigan State University and served in the United States Army. Buz married Kathleen (Johnston) Betzoldt on May 27, 1977, and she survives. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage and shared many great times.

He was one of five sons, the late, Jack (Mary), Dan (Linda), Fred (Phyllis), and Glenn (Laura) Betzoldt. His dad was proud that all his boys learned to fly, just like him. Flying was second nature to all Ray’s sons.

Buz was blessed with four great children: Jon Betzoldt of Tecumseh, Jeffrey Betzoldt of Louisville, Ky., Julie (Scott) VonEschen of Boulder, Colo., and Jason Betzoldt of Tecumseh; six grandchildren that gave him great joy, Kevon, Keaton, Konner, and Kohlor VonEschen of Boulder, Hannah Betzoldt of Tecumseh, and Anthony Betzoldt of Sterling Heights. Also surviving are his beloved sister-in-law, Linda Johnston (the late Dennis Johnston) and their children, Emily, Sarah, and Reid. Also, dear Betzoldt nieces and nephews, Ann, Belinda, Scott, Susie, Mark, and Shawn.

Along with Kathy, he loved hosting parties for family and friends. Christmas Eve for the entire Betzoldt clan was beyond special.

Buz left his touch on many architectural design projects throughout Michigan and beyond. An expert woodworker, he never met a piece of wood he could not master. A true man’s man, Buz was a member of the Tecumseh Country Club for over 45 years and of the Tecumseh Club for over 50. Buz was a proud member of the Tecumseh Masonic Lodge #69 F & AM and was also a Shriner. He loved to snow ski, sail his Lightening at Hubbard Lake, fly, cut grass, refinish wooden boats, golf with his buddies, attend a good party and share a cup of coffee with the guys every morning downtown.

Special thanks are offered to his great care team at Hospice of Lenawee, Stephanie Jones and Melissa Lover and Stacy Allen from the Lenawee County Department of Aging. You are all amazing.

Per Buz’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private funeral ceremony will be held at the Macon United Methodist Church. Interment will be at the Macon Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be given to either of these stellar agencies, Hospice of Lenawee or to Lenawee County Department of Aging. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.


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