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Richard Lee Beltz

Richard Lee Beltz, 85, died Sunday, June 11, 2023, at his residence in Hot Springs County, Wyo., after a period of declining health.

One of four children, Rick was born January 15, 1938, in Elgin, Ill., the son of Eugene and Helen (Peters) Beltz.

Enlisting in the Air Force in 1961, Rick served twenty-one years. For 15 years he was an Air Craft Controller, and 6 years as a Hazard Safety Technician. Following retirement he worked as general manager of the Air Force Academy Commissary in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He married Norma Johnson February 10, 2003, in Colorado. The couple retired to the family ranch in Thermopolis, Wyo., that same year.

Rick was a member of the NCO (non-commissioned officers) Club and was on a professional Dart Team for several years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, wine making and creating jewelry.

Survivors include his children, Rick Geiken of Rapid City, S.D., Terri (Mike) Coon of Thornton, Colo., and Pam (David) Kaplan of Carlsbad, Calif .; sister, Carol Doxey of Canyon City, Colo .; his caregivers: nieces, Tonya Edwards, Kurstie Holmes; nephew, Caleb Edwards; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Smith; brother, Gene Beltz, Jr; and wife, Norma.

Cremation has taken place and private services will be observed by the family.

Mortimore Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Messages may be offered at


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