Earl Belcher Sr., 82 – The Inside Diary


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Earl Belcher Sr., 82, died May 10, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky. Born June 20, 1938 in Copper Creek, Rockcastle County, he was the son of the late David and Lou Vena (Wilmot) Belcher. Earl grew up in Crab Orchard and joined the Navy right after high school. In 1967 he left the Navy and moved his new family to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he began his career in injection molding (plastics). Earl answered the call for service again in 1974, enlisting in the Air Force Reserve and serving until 1992, capping a 33-year military career.

Earl and Jo Anne moved to Harrodsburg in 1997 where he worked at Hitachi until his retirement in 2002. His love of our country led him to join American Legion Post 46 in Boyle County where he held various positions for over 16 years, including Post Commander. Earl volunteered at the Danville Humane Society with two of his grandchildren, Nicholas and Lindsay, facilitating pet adoption for many years. Earl was an active member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Danville. Father, brother, husband, grandfather, patriot, Christian, animal lover; Earl was a wonderful role model who leaves behind a powerful legacy for the family he loved so much.

Earl is predeceased by his siblings; Donald Belcher, Beulah Mae Belcher Pearce, Gerald Edward Belcher and Billy Wayne Belcher.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Jo Anne (Di Belardino) Belcher; his three children, Earl Belcher Jr of Manchester, New Hampshire, Missy Belcher (Chris) Floyd of Buena Vista, Virginia and David (April) Belcher of Junction City; seven grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Belcher, Ryann Nicole Belcher, Stephen David Smithgall, Andrew Christopher Floyd, Kayla Marie Belcher, Lindsay Nicole Belcher and Nicholas Collin Belcher; three brothers, Jim (Leona) Belcher, Bobby (Marty) Belcher and George Belcher; and three sisters, Roberta (Bob) Singleton, Virginia (Harold) Harness and Mary Jane Belcher.

The Memorial Mass was held at Ss. Peter & Paul in Danville. His remains were interred at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested at http://www.lexingtonavenue.org/soups-on-us/. The online guest book and our Hugs from Home program are available at www.stithcares.com.


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