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 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. 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. 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 until his retirement in 2004. During his many years of service, many similar ministries were started nationwide. In recognition of his community activism he was acknowledged in numerous published books and articles. 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, Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, and the Homeless Coalition of Dallas. Ben was survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy Ruth and daughters, Debbie Miller, Jennifer and Brad Smith, Susan and Stephen Hicks and son Greg and Amy Beltzer; 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 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.