David J. Belter, 78, died Sunday, January 3, 2021, under the care of Ascension/Compassus Hospice at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born December 8, 1942, in Poniatowski, son of the late John and Mary (Schaetzl) Belter. On June 22, 1963, he married Susan Fink at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens.
Dave started his working career in South Dakota building transmission lines followed by driving truck for E.J. Peter Trucking. The majority of his life was spent farming during which time he also drove school bus. He enjoyed fishing, especially his yearly trips to Canada, the Brewers, and woodworking, especially building bird houses and helping family with remodeling projects. He enjoyed the annual trip to the hunting shack where he may have enjoyed playing pinochle more than actually hunting. Dave was a humble man who had a great sense of humor and happy demeanor even when things in his life were tough.
Survivors include his wife, Susan “Sue” Belter; children, Todd (Mary), Allen (Rebecca), Steve (Teresa), Tammy (Greg) Kornack, Audra (Ben) Brooks, Jason (April), John (Lisa Danczyk), Sarah (Andy) Greil, Andy (Beth) and Matt (Jenna); grandchildren, Rob, Hilary, Greg, Eric, Nick, Jackie, Tracy, Eric, Holly, Shauna, Jared, David, Aly, Lexy, Jameson, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Kody, Alex, Claire, Casie, Zach, Grant, Dane, Adam, McKenzie and Mason; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gert Dvorak, Marcie Ludkey, Pat Stasek and Norb Belter.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter, Lynn, brother, George Belter and brothers-in-law, Ray, Jack and Roger.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Rev. George Graham will preside. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Visitation will be Friday, January 8, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Current social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required for all attending. The Mass will be live streamed on the PetersonKraemer Facebook page starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday or for later viewing on the Peterson/Kraemer website.
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