Obituary: Louis Belsley, 86, Morton

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

Louis G. “Louie” Belsley, 86, of Morton, died at 9:41 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Dec. 7, 1927, in Morton to George Louis and Kathryn (Welk) Belsley, he married Vilas J. Birkey on Dec. 1, 1957, in Morton. She preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 2008.

He also was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Don Knobloch; one brother, Alvin; and two sisters, Ida Belsley and Wilma Sauder.

Surviving are three daughters, Jennifer Knobloch of Morton; Sallie (Todd) Hoerr of Peoria and Wendy (Matt) Kupferschmid of Morton; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Verna Rother of Morton.

He served with the United States Air Force during World War II as an air traffic controller and was the recipient of a Sharpshooters award.

He co-owned and operated L & F Electric for 13 years, retiring in 1991. He previously worked for Foster Jacob as a journeyman electrician/foreman for many years.

Following his retirement, he worked for Core Construction (formerly DBI) as a project coordinator.

He was a member of the Morton Apostolic Christian Church, where he had served as a trustee. He was a lifelong member of Kennel Lake Sportsman’s Club in Morton and had also served on various boards throughout the area including the WeCare Inc. board.

Services were Saturday at the Morton Apostolic Christian Church, with church ministers officiating. Visitation was Friday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and Saturday at the church. Burial was at the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The House of Life and Hope (Children’s Home), in care of Casa Vida y Esperanza, ATTN: Louis Belsley Memorial, 1200 W. Mariposa Road, PMB #46, Nogales, AZ 85621 or to WeCare, Inc., 622 W. Jackson St., P.O. Box 16, Morton, IL 61550.

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