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 Ben J. Beltzer

Ben J. Beltzer

Birth
Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, USA
Death 1 Nov 2012 (aged 74)
Flower Mound, Denton County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
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Ben J. Beltzer
October 21, 1938 - November 1, 2012
Flower Mound, Texas

BELTZER, BEN J. 74, of Flower Mound, Texas died Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at his home in the comfort and company of his family. Ben was born October 21, 1938 in Kirksville, Missouri to Glen and Iva Beltzer. In 1955, after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served four years with an honorable discharge. He married Patsy Ruth Caldwell in 1959. He was licensed and ordained as a minister at First Baptist Church in Port Isabel, Texas. He pastored churches in New Mexico, Texas and Missouri. He graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. degree and was honored by William Jewell College with a Citation for Achievement Award. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Concerned in Liberty, Missouri and served as President of the Liberty Action Council, an organization committed to obtaining justice for individuals who were subjected to discriminatory practices, especially in regard to housing. Ben was also known for bi-vocational work as owner of Ben's Mobil and Witherspoon Tire Company. His faith and vision for all people to have the opportunity for decent housing led Ben to establish Hillcrest Ministries in Liberty in 1977, a transitional housing program for families who were experiencing the crisis of homelessness. He and his wife Patsy served at Hillcrest until 1985 and he was honored with the JCPenney Golden Rule Award. He was called to serve as the Executive Director of Interfaith Housing Coalition in Dallas, Texas. Ben served at Interfaith until his retirement in 2004 and hundreds of families were assisted with housing, employment, budgeting, nutrition and educational services. During his many years of service, many ministries were started nationwide that utilized the self-help and support services concept that he developed. In recognition of his community activism he was acknowledged in numerous published books and articles, including Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America, When Life Gives You Lemons : Remarkable Stories of People Overcoming Adversity . The Courage to Give and This Land of Strangers. Under his leadership, Interfaith Housing Coalition was awarded the Good Samaritan Award for outstanding community service by the Acton Institute. He also served on the Southern Executive Leadership Conference Board for Non-Profits and also on the Dallas, Texas, Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness as well as serving the community as a member of the Homeless Coalition of Dallas and the Lion's Club. Ben served faithfully in all of the church communities that he was a member, including, First Presbyterian, Liberty, First Presbyterian, Dallas, Canyon Creek Presbyterian, Richardson and First Presbyterian, Idabel and First Presbyterian Church, Grapevine. He served in many capacities including Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Fellowship, Hospitality and as a Mission Committee member. Ben was survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy Ruth;daughters, Debbie Miller of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer and Brad Smith and Susan and Stephen Hicks of Flower Mound, Texas; son, Greg and Amy Beltzer of Highland Village, Texas; eight grandchildren, Andrew Forte, Chris Miller, Emily Beltzer, Matthew Hicks, Meagan Miller, Madeleine Beltzer, Zachary Smith and Morgan Hicks; sisters, Judy and Robert Bradley and June Bruner from Jefferson City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. A service of celebration with reception following will be held November, 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, Texas 75082. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial gifts be made to Interfaith Housing , Box 720206 Dallas, TX 75372-0206, Hillcrest Ministries, P.O. Box 17, Liberty, MO 64069 and Wisdom's Hope 109 E. Stacy Road Suite 306-192, Allen, Texas 75002.
To God be the Glory!


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100121337
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