Russell D. Betters, Rusty, of Oakfield, New York died peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family after nearly 79 years of a life well lived. Russell was born on April 8, 1941 in Oakfield, New York to the late Marshall and Agnes Betters.
Russell spent his entire life in Oakfield, New York, a town he loved to call home. Those who know him best speak fondly of his years as an icon at many local dealerships where he greeted his customers for nearly 60 years with, “How’s that car running?” Rusty sold thousands of cars at local dealerships including Frey Brothers Motors, Mancuso Motors, Hawley Motors, Country Motors, and most recently, Ken Barrett Chevrolet for 22 years. Russell had a wealth of knowledge and deep affinity for all things motor vehicles.
Russell was a member of the first class to attend Oakfield High School on Lewiston Road. Russell was an active Boy Scout, earning the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout. Continuing his devotion to service, Russell served in the National Guard. Russell spent his free time golfing with his son James every summer, and cherished their trip to The Masters in Augusta. He treasured the time he and Carlene spent tending to their house and beautiful gardens. Russell loved to share stories about adventures at the casino and memories of time spent at Saranac Lake. Citizens of the town of Oakfield may remember Russ and Carlene’s restaurant Car’s Corner, and they could ring in the Christmas season by the twinkle of lights and decorations Russell put up meticulously each year at his home on Main Street.
Dad, your wish to spend your final days at home was granted, and we will forever cherish all of the memories created and revisited during this time together. The stories, laughter, and tender moments we shared are such a gift. We are grateful you are at peace.
Russell is survived by his wife Carlene (Cadieux) of Oakfield, daughter, Wendy Spear (Bill Davis) of Batavia, son James (Kelly) Betters of Stafford, daughters Sandra Betters of Northport, and Mary Ellen McQueen (Brian) of Niskayuna, son Dean (Tracy) Cadieux of Oakfield, and daughter, Christin Thompson (Paul) of Byron. Russell loved spending time with his grandchildren Marygrace (Aaron), Julie, James, Patrick, Charlotte, Joshua, Lindsay, Marshall, Hope, Natalie, Logan, Mason, Will, Leah, Wade, and Carli. Great-Grandchildren Oliver, Virginia, Cameron, and Gordon.
There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.
Memorials in his memory can be made in lieu of flowers to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 716-845-8788. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.