Earl Belcher Sr., 82

Published 3:01 pm Thursday, May 13, 2021

Earl Belcher Sr.

1938 – 2021

Earl Belcher Sr, 82, died May 10, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky. Born June 20, 1938 on Copper Creek in Rockcastle County, he was the son of the late David and Lou Vena (Wilmot) Belcher. Earl grew up in Crab Orchard and enlisted in 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 of service yet 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 served in various positions for over 16 years, including Post Commander. Earl volunteered at Danville Humane Society with two of his grandchildren, Nicholas and Lindsay, facilitating pet adoptions for many years. Earl was an active member of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Danville. Father, brother, husband, grandfather, Patriot, Christian, pet lover; Earl was a wonderful role model who leaves behind a powerful legacy for the family he loved so dearly.

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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.

Memorial Mass will be held 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Ss. Peter & Paul in Danville. Father Anthony will be the presiding celebrant. Burial will be at Camp Nelson National Cemetery at 1:30pm. Visitation will be held prior to mass from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Ss. Peter and Paul. Memorial donations are suggested to http://www.lexingtonavenue.org/soups-on-us/. The online guestbook and our Hugs from Home program are available at www.stithcares.com.