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Curtis Belford



Curtis Eugene Belford, 71, passed away at his home in Goldendale on Tuesday, May 22nd.  He was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 31, 1940, one of four sons of Irvin and Gladys Belford.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and was stationed at Fort Lewis when he met his future wife, Janette (nee Webb).

After leaving military service and marrying Jan, he earned a living at several occupations, including working as both a welder and a pipefitter for the shipyards, a Cupola operator at Atlas Foundaries and later a stationery engineer for the state.  He was also a popular volunteer wrestling coach in Orting, where the couple lived for 30 years raising their children.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janette; five children, Curtis of Puyallup, James of Bonney Lake, Les of Puyallup, Eric of Anaconda, MT, and Autumn Hayes of McMinnville, OR .; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Irvin of Brooksville, FL, Bradley of San Diego, CA, and Bruce of Piscataway, NJ. 

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 31, at the Washington State Old Soldiers' Home chapel in Orting., with a reception following.

Beloved by all who knew him, he will be sorely missed.


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