Arthur “Oscar” L. Betcher Jr. was born in Aberdeen, Washington on October 15, 1935.
Oscar moved to Withrow in 1943 with his parents Art and Judy Betcher and brother Corky, where he went to school. He attended Waterville High School and graduated in 1954. Oscar started attending WSU and was drafted into the Army where he served for two years and remained in the reserves for another six.
After leaving the Army, Oscar moved to the Molson/Chesaw area onto a small farm. He met and married Nadra Olson in 1957. Oscar and Nadra raised two children, Robin and Tim. Oscar farmed and raised cattle and added more land to complete the farm. During the winter, after farm work was done, he drove truck for various businesses. After having a wet fall, and trouble getting wheat harvested he bought his own Peterbilt truck to take wheat to the basin for drying. He also bought a logging trailer and hauled logs for himself and others. He maintained his CDL the rest of his life.
In 1980, after his parents passed away, he moved to the wheat farm near Withrow where he continued to farm. Oscar bought a sawmill and cut lumber from the farm in Okanogan County in his spare time. His latest building was a chicken house, for which he sawed lumber and performed construction in 2015. After learning he had cancer and doing radiation and chemotherapy, he completed harvest by himself and did the fall seeding. After surgery and many days in the hospital, he moved home where he passed away Dec. 8, 2015.
Oscar is survived by his wife Nadra, brother Corky, daughter Robin, son Tim, a niece, three nephews and their children.
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 12, at 11 AM at the Waterville Federated Church. Visitation was held at the Waterville Funeral Home on Friday, December 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com.
Arrangements are by Waterville Funeral Home.