Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Bellerives in:
 • Saint Anthony Cemetery
 • Graham County
 • Kansas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Richard O Bellerive
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Jan. 10, 1921
Kansas, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 1999
Hays
Ellis County
Kansas, USA

Father: Honorat Bellerive
Mother: Anna M. Newell
Son: Donald Bellerive

During World War II, Richard was a Radio Operator on a B-24 'Liberator' (577th Squadron, #42-7497 "Old Daddy") in the 392nd Bomb Group. On 18 March 1944, at 1510 hours, the plane was last seen spinning down to the left, with one engine on fire, and subsequently crashing. A total of seven parachutes in two groups were seen. Those seven crew members, including Richard, became prisoners of war. The bodies of the other three crew members were discovered in the wreckage. (See the B-24 Bomber 42-7497 crew virtual cemetery.)

After the war, Richard came home to Kansas to his beloved wife with whom he had six children. They operated a dairy farm until their retirement.

At his wake, one of the remembrances was offered by his oldest daughter who, in the midst of facing a major medical issue, had asked her father how he had gotten through tough times, such as being a POW. Richard, in his quiet but determined way, simply said "Bellerives don't give up."

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.
 
 
Family links: 
 Children:
  Donald Joseph Bellerive (1949 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Anthony Cemetery
Graham County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Dıehard
Record added: Jul 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20392512
Richard O Bellerive
Added by: ethel zrubek
 
Richard O Bellerive
Added by: Wayne Apgar
 
Richard O Bellerive
Added by: ethel zrubek
 
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


-
 Added: Nov. 2, 2016

-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 31, 2016

- Dıehard
 Added: Oct. 23, 2016
There are 9 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service