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Ivan Bettner

March 10, 1912 — December 31, 2014

Ivan "Monroe" Bettner, 102, of Owenton, Kentucky went with grace and dignity to be with his Lord and savior on December 31st, 2014. Monroe is best remembered for being admired, and loved by everyone he met. His kindness, sharp wit, and amazing mind, even in his later years, captivated all. He lived a remarkable life, and touched many during his 102 years. He dearly loved his family, friends, and neighbors. Monroe was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 10, 1912 to Clell and Gertrude Bettner. He was married to the love of his life, the late Emma "Marie" Spicklemire Bettner, for over 60 years. Monroe attended Arsenal Technical High School, and Indiana Central College. He was a star athlete and student, and was a varsity 3 letter man, including tennis, football, basketball.

Monroe had a diverse career. He started working at a soda fountain, followed by a bank position. Later he owned a dairy business. Monroe eventually went on to become a police officer and Indianapolis police detective. His tales and stories of the "gangster days" were fascinating. While on duty, he was recognized for his many achievements and received countless awards. Monroe tried to enlist in the marines during WWII, but was denied because of his valuable role with the police department. After 20 + years as a detective, he retired in Perry Park, Kentucky where he hunted, fished the river, and farmed. He lived life as a modern day "Daniel Boone". He never wore shoes, and wandered the hills with his favorite dog, "Tugboat." Monroe's children and grandchildren spent much time with him in Kentucky, enjoying the adventures by his side. Later, he settled on Squiresville Road. Monroe's brilliant mind could build or repair anything especially motors, and others routinely sought his advice.

Monroe and Marie spent winters, on the water, in St. James City, Florida. In the early days, Monroe loved to fish, gather oysters, and catch shrimp from his boats. He developed a group of wonderful friends in St. James City, who considered him family. These magnificent friends held "lovely parties" for him, on his 100th and 101st birthdays.

Through the years, Monroe attended Squiresville Baptist Church, Dallasburg Baptist Church, and St. James City Baptist Church. He was a devout Christian man, and role model to all. Monroe was a Master Mason, member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasons, member of the Retired Police Officers' Association and Fraternal Order of Police.

Monroe was preceded in death his wife Marie, and by his loving and devoted daughter, Eleanor "Joyce" Webber. He is survived by his son, Steven M. Bettner, daughter- in- law, Jean Bettner. Grandchildren, Andrew R. Webber(Enma Webber), Caroline M. Webber(Dennis Williams), Steven M. Bettner Jr.(Leslie Bettner) and great-grandchildren Steven M. Bettner III, Brooke Bettner, Chloe Bettner , and Emma Bettner. He will be especially missed by his dear friends: Casey, The Stiver's Family, Jack and Susie, Jackie, Dee, Buddy, Larry, Patsy T and William H. and Randy S. Special heartfelt gratitude from his family to Tracy Harwood RN, Pastor Chris of Worthville, Pastor Larry of St. James City, the staff at Providence of Gallatin, and the staff of Carroll County Memorial Hospital. Services and a celebration of Monroe's "glorious life" will occur at a later date to be announced.


Services and a celebration of Monroe's "glorious life" will occur at a later date to be announced

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