At the age of 84, James Edward Belt, Jr. passed away at his home on February 6th, 2021. He was born on July 13th, 1936 in Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota. He was the oldest of six children and he lived near the iron range in a small town named Kelsey. He and his family moved a considerable number of times, mostly towards the west coast and back to Minnesota again. He always spoke fondly of his time spent in California. However, he spent most of his life living either in Benedict or LaPorte, Minnesota. He enjoyed many outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, he also loved to play and watch sports, tennis being one of his favorites. But anyone who knew him, knew how much he loved to watch the MN Twins!
James is preceded in death by his parents, Goldie Lucille (Jones) Belt and James Edward Belt Sr., his wife, Sharon Marie (Defoe) Belt, as well as, his brother, Donald Dexter Belt. He is survived by his sisters, Joan Formo, Myrna Colliver, Valerie (Roger) Parish, and his brother, Russell (Karen) Belt, his four daughters, Cindy Molacek, Tamara (James) Day, Mary (Thomas) Fallgren, Jamie (Jason) Lewis and Roxanne Lewis, son, Donald DeFoe, fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
There will be a funeral service at the LaPorte Community Bible Church in LaPorte, MN on Thursday, February 11th at 2:00pm. Friends and family are invited to attend, there will be a small lunch served.
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