jim betteker July 1 1974 evening independent
Betteker saved from drowning by Villard James Betteker of 828 16th st NE, feels he owes his life to Harlow Villard of 1491 Manchester ave SW, Tuscarawas Township, who saved him from drowning Saturday about 8 p.m. at Willowdale Lake. The men had accompanied their wives, members of Xi Lamba Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, to the lake for a steak fry and outing at the summer residence of Mr. and Heitger is named to health board Mayor Mark Ross has appointed Robert P. Heitger to the city board of health to serve the unexpired term of William Archibald, who submitted his resignation at the board's June meeting. Heitger is co-owner of Heitper Funeral Home and has been associated most of his life with the 105-year-old family owned business. He also is a third and fourth degree member of Council 554, Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church council, the DAV and VFW Post 3124. He holds an Ohio license as a funeral director. A native of Massillon, Heitger resides at 6531st st NE. CITY COUNCIL tonight will be asked to confirm the appointment which would expire Dec. 31, 1976. The legislators also will be asked to adopt a resolution commending Archibald for his "outstanding service as a member of city government and a concerned citizen of Massillon. Archibald, who is planning to move from this city, is a former member of the city council, former member of the Mrs. Steve Furiga. AFTER SUPPER Betteker and Villard decided to take a canoe ride around the lake, Betteker, who was wearing double knit trousers^ had rolled them to his knees to keep them from getting wet. The canoe skidded on a sharp turn and upset, throwing both men into the water. Both could swim and neither thought himself in danger. Betteker started to swim toward the shore line and Villard clung to the canoe in an effot to right it, The weight of the wet trousers, however, pulled Betteker beneath the water. He tried to remove them but was unsuccessful. Villard threw him an oar but it went under with Betteker, who had already gone under once. In the meantime, members of the sorority and their husbands watched helplessly at the other side of the lake and clearly heard the men's desperate cries for assistance. Mrs. Furiga entered a row boat but was too far distant to reach them in time to give assistance. Villard finally got Betteker to lie in a floating position and pushed him ahead of him to shore. BOTH MEN were exhausted from their struggle to stay on top of the water but refused to be taken to a hospital. They were wrapped in blankets and placed in a car driven by others in the party and taken to the Furiga residence. Both men are at work today — Betteker at the Brewster Building and Loan Co. and Villard at Republic Steel Corp. Betteker's wife, T. Jeanne, is a secretary at Central Catholic High School. Villard's wife Barbara is employed as office secretary of the Brown Lumber Co.