Carl G. Belcher
Nevada, MO | Monday, December 20 2010
Carl G. Belcher, age 86, died peacefully December 20, 2010, in Nevada,
MO. He was born March 18, 1924, inHerrin, IL, to Doran D. Belcher and Nelle
Marie Schafer Belcher. At Alton High School, he was well known for his
singing voice. He sang at the school assemblies as well as at the Old
Cathedral and Evangelical Church and briefly considered a career with Muny
Opera in St. Louis. After high school, he was a night student
at Shurtleff College devoting his days to working at the Ballistic
Laborities of Olin-Matheison. This work funded his education.
Carl became good friends with his future wife Louise while
at Shurtleff College. She recruited him for a drama production because of
his excellent voice. Their course work was interrupted by the Japanese
bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Carl married Louise Ellen Lock on March 11, 1944. Carl was called to
active duty in the Army on March 9, 1944, and served in WW II in the Pacific
until 1946. He was awarded a letter of Commendation, praise and admiration
from the 289thField Artillery Observation Battalion, Battery “B” while
serving as a Technician Fifth Grade.
Carl G. Belcher is survived by his wife Louise, Nevada, MO, and four
children, C. David Belcher, Dennis Belcher, Karen Gelbard and Martha Garton.
After the war, he returned to Alton, Illinois. There he launched the
Carl Belcher Real Estate Agency which ran successfully for over 10 years and
was recognized for his leadership in the community for both sales
achievement and innovative advertising. He developed Blu-Fountain Estates
in Godfrey, Illinois. He served both as President (three times) and
Vice-President of the Alton-Wood River Board of Realtors and Multiple
Listing. He was appointed Commissioner in 1968 to Madison County for two
terms and was responsible for the assessment project of 8000 homes for the
City of Alton Sewer Improvement Project for Mayor Wiseman and Mayor Lenz. In
addition, he was appointed to the Board for the non-profit group Churches
United for Community Betterment and developed Belle Manor, a 60 unit FHA 236
Program for Middle Income Families for the city of Alton, IL. Carl served
on the Board of Alton, IL. Carl served on the Board of Deacons and Board of
Trustees for the Upper Alton Baptist Church and was Chairman of the Building
committee for the new Sanctuary which was completed on time and on budget
and the church received recognition for excellence in design.
In 1974, Carl and Louise moved to New England and opened a women’s
clothing store in Keene, NH. Careful market research, an innovative
inventory control and record keeping controls made it a successful
enterprise. He also was a member of the Keene, New Hampshire Chamber of
In 1979, he sold the business and moved to St. Louis, MO. There he was
associated with American Business Brokers from 1979 through 1985.
In 1985, Carl and Louise returned to New England and opened *Martha
Adele’s Inc. * in Greenfield, Mass. This was an upscale women’s specialty
store that was opened until 1994. Carl was an active member of the Chamber
of Commerce in Greenfield, MA, and supported maintaining the unique downtown
shops at a time when Wal-Mart was interested in opening a store there.
In 1997, Carl and Louise moved to Nevada, MO, home of their daughter,
Martha (March) Garton. While here, he devoted all of his research skills
and energies to his wife’s decline in health. He researched alternative
health care and vitamin therapy long before it was mainstream.
Carl G. Belcher was a brave man, from his being a forward observer in
the Artillery to a risk taking as a businessman. He taught each of his
children that successful people fail more, but never stop trying. He was
known for his generous nature and keen mind. He shared with us his active
interest in gardening and building. He was a project oriented man. He
renovated and restored homes where he lived. His favorite house project was
their home in Castleton, VT.
He was amazed to have four unique children who loved him so dearly. Carl
Belcher was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings and grandson
Ross Garton. He is survived by his wife Louise and four children: C. David
Belcher and wife Dotty of Middlebury, VT, Dennis M. Belcher and wife Linda
of Hampstead, NC, Karen L. Gelbard and husband Nicholas, Pacific City, OR,
and Martha (March) L. Garton and husband Larry of Nevada, MO; grandchildren,
Daria Carden, Kyra Ginalski, Deborah Hayes Fruechtenicht and husband,
Rebecca Williams and husband Lawrence C. Williams, Kristen Belcher, Nathan
Gelbard, Anna Gelbard, Megan Garton and great-grandchildren, Eva and Priya
Ginalski, Amanda Belcher, Kelsey Barry, Joshua Hayes, Sean Hayes and Grayson
Graveside services will be held at Newton Burial Park in Nevada, MO, on
Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with Dennis Painter officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Ross
Garton Memorial Scholarship Fund at Nevada High School or the Barone
Alzheimer’s Care Center Activities Program c/o Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada,
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