Gary Betzler thought of others before himself, and each day he worked hard to provide for his family. He was a dedicated teacher who found the reward for his effort in the successes of his students. His family was his greatest source of happiness, and in their company a familiar smile always brimmed over his lips.
In 1970, he secured a teaching position at Bishop Foley High School. This marked the beginning of his career as an inspirational teacher. Over the years he taught business law, driver’s education, and accounting. He also founded and operated the school lunch program. He was the Business Department Head, the Director of Transportation, Dean of Students, and the Assistant Principal. He inspired his students to strive for the best. He never allowed them to focus on failure. Gary was a constant source of optimism and encouragement.
He was the Assistant Scout Master for Troop 1710 for many years and encouraged his son’s involvement. He also enjoyed many trips to Frankenmuth, MI, a tradition that was started by his father when Gary was a child. Over the years Frankenmuth continued to be one of his favorite places to enjoy classic car shows, shop and have dinner.
After twenty-six years at Bishop Foley, Gary retired in 1995 for medical reasons. Throughout his adult life, he battled diabetes and heart disease. He endured dozens of surgeries for heart and diabetic complications. Despite his health struggles, he maintained his characteristically positive attitude. Even after his retirement, Gary stayed in touch with countless students. He provided his students with a mentor and a role model. Many of them continued to drop by his house, just to see how he was doing. And this was his greatest reward: knowing that he’d made a difference
Gary was a gifted and creative man with ingenuity worthy of imitation. He was greatly cherished, for both his strength of mind and his unconditional love. Gary leaves his family with many wonderful memories, but more importantly, with the unforgettable example of what a good husband, father, and teacher can be. Among the many people whose hearts he touched, he will be greatly missed and frequently remembered.