ONAMIA -- George E. Betlach, 84, Onamia, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, as a result of a tractor accident at his home.
He was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Jackson to Rudolph and Mary (Matuska) Betlach. The family moved to Chicago, where he attended school. He entered the Navy in 1941 and served on the U.S.S. New York battleship until his discharge in 1945. He married Marie Musegades in October 1947 in Chicago. In 1948 the couple moved to Mille Lacs Lake and co-owned the West Shore Resort until 1958. In 1959 he bought the corner lots of Highways 169 and 27 and developed one of them into a spaghetti and chicken restaurant using Bohemian recipes. He eventually sold all the lots with the last one going to the Vet's Club in 1974, then retired to his country home. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia, the Vet's Club and VFW Post No. 955 in Onamia.
Survivors include his wife, a niece, two nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Two brothers, Joseph and Louis Betlach, and a sister, Helen Wytiska, died earlier.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia with the Rev. James Remaerswall officiating. Burial will be in the Veteran's Cemetery of Onamia. Military rites will be conducted by the Onamia VFW Post No. 955.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Onamia and from 10 a.m. until services Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia.
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