|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 2005|
HAROLD EDWIN BELT OBITUARY
The Daily Oklahoman and The Daily Ardmorette, Tuesday, January 3, 2006.
Harold Edwin Belt, age 91, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Dec. 30, 2005, in his home in the loving company of his children.
He was born Oct. 22, 1914, in Maude, Okla., to parents, Ola Lee French and Claude F. Belt. He was the second child of seven siblings: Edith Marie, Harold Edwin, J.C., Garland Dewey, Mary Maudene, Alvin Reynold and Joyce Ann.
He grew up in the Ardmore-Dickson area where he attended grammar and high school in Dickson and Murray State college in Tishomingo. He moved to Oklahoma City as a young man and established a career in paint sales. He spent the majority of his adult life in Oklahoma City where he was an active member of the OKC Shrine Temple and a Mason and served as a troop leader for Boy Scouts of America.
He and his business partner, Oren Childers, founded a successsful business, Del Paint Mfg. Company in Del City. Mr. Belt retired as company president. He returned to Dickson in the mid-80s to help care for his mother, Ola, who lived to be 102 years old. He developed his share of the land that has been in the Belt family since Harold was a young boy with rental property, creating "The Belt Junction" on Dickson Road.
In November 1994, Harold had a moment of celebrity status when he became known as "The Lost Hunter." While deer hunting alone he went missing for three days and two nights in the Ravia/Tishomingo area. It is likely that he suffered his first stroke during this time as he became disoriented and could not find his way back to his truck. The family and local officials organized a manhunt. He was spotted during a search by air and was recovered suffering from exposure but otherwise, unharmed.
Harold maintained a huge interest in hunting and fishing and was an outdoorsman his entire life. He also enjoyed camping, boating, travel and current events and in his final years when he could no longer participate in these activities, his greatest joy came from feeding and watching birds and wildlife from the window of his home.
Harold had a great sense of humor, enjoyed playing pranks and loved to laugh. He had a dignified presence and was very caring and generous with all members of his family. We will remember his many accomplishments, his inspiration and encouragement and honor the profound influence he has had in each of our lives. He will be dearly missed.
Harold was married three times during his long life. He was preceded in death by Lurlene Crisbell Nichols, and Enid Juanita Gamble. From these marriages, he is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.
Children: daughter, Claudia Sue Yost and her husband, Fielding, of Oklahoma City; son, John Claud Belt, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Martha Gail Malinowski and her husband, Larry, of Sedgwick, Maine; daughter, Sandra Kay Grimes and her husband, David, of Dallas; and daughter, Vicki Lynn Veatch and her husband, Steve of Houston;
Grandchildren: Jonna Sue Smith, Machelle Grimes, Shelly Sue Ayres, Kelly Rene Ramos, Matthew Harold Yost, David Edwin Grimes, Laura Lee Timmerman, Emily Kathleen Peabody, Daniel Paul Warner, Nicholas Victor Malinowski, and Erik David Malinowski;
Great-grandchildren: Abbigail Nicole Yost, Luke Becket Yost, Skylar Shae Grimes, Ainsley Simone Grimes, Elbert Prentice "Pete" Peabody V, Katherine Grace Peabody, Charles David Peabody, Colton James Timmerman, Claire Kathleen Timmerman, Elizabeth Drew Warner, Andrea Lynn Warner, and Brock Franklin Ayres.
Harold is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. Edith Ware, formerly of Amarillo, Texas; Mrs Maudene Kroh of Pebble Beach, Calif.; and Mrs. Joyce Kerr of Dickson.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful people who have contributed to Mr. Belt's care during the past four years. We are sincerely grateful for the countless kindnesses you have shown in our time of need. At a later date, following a private family celebration of his life, Harold's ashes will be returned to the land he so loved.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may do so with a gift to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 C St. NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
Claud F Belt (1889 - 1961)
Ola Lee French Belt (1894 - 1996)
Lurlene Nichols Belt (1914 - 1984)
E. Juanita Belt (1916 - 1970)
Kathleen Sue Starns Belt (1916 - 2010)*
Edith Marie Belt Ware (1912 - 2010)*
Harold Edwin Belt (1914 - 2005)
J. C. Belt (1917 - 1994)*
Alvin R Belt (1921 - 1948)*
Mary Maudene Belt Kroh (1923 - 2013)*
Garland D Belt (1925 - 1951)*
Maintained by: Sandra Belt Grimes
Originally Created by: P Black-Avitts
Record added: Sep 19, 2009
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