The Rev. Jack F. Belton passed away peacefully on September 15. 2014, after a long illness. He was 84.
Reverend Jack was born in Akron, Ohio, where he became an active member of the United Methodist Church. After attending Iliff School of Theology, he went on to serve a number of Methodist Churches for almost 50 years. During his active years of ministry he was passionate about ministry to youth, Christian Education, and each congregation that he served.
Preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Freda Belton, he is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Millie, daughters Beth Ann (Belton) McCarty (John), Eileen Belton, granddaughters Heather and Heidi McCarty, brother the Reverend Allan Belton (Ruth Anne) and nieces Erika Belton and Jessica (Belton) Carlson (Christopher).
In addition to his work in the ministry Reverend Jack was an avid follower of the Los Angeles Dodgers and after moving to Missouri the Kansas City Royals. During his ministry in Southern California he had a number of television stars who were members of his congregation and over the years, one of his greatest loves became the westerns of the golden era of television in which those folks starred. Among them all Gunsmoke was his favorite.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20th at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church, Blue Springs, the Rev. Sally Haynes and the Rev. Choong-Ho-Kwon, officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, Fl 33607, the church or another charity of your choice.