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Byron Belden
January 5, 1945 - February 1, 2015

Byron Belden, 70, died Sunday morning February 1, 2015 at his home in Oelwein after a valiant fight with cancer.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday February 6, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday February 7, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 940 Rock Island Ave (Hwy. 150 S), in Oelwein.

Byron Dale Belden was born January 5, 1945 in rural Elkader to Randall and Nadine (Bissell) Belden. He attended school at Mederville, Littleport, and Arlington graduating in 1963. Byron was united in marriage to Joyce Olson on December 25, 1967 at St. John Lutheran Church in Arlington. Byron and Joyce farmed at Volga for two years, moved to Arlington where he was employed by Seedorf Oil, later Fauser Oil until 2008 when he retired.  Byron then worked part-time for Tournier Recycling in Independence.

Byron was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1972. He enjoyed the meetings and Bible study, as well as having many “spiritual” brothers and sisters. Byron also enjoyed spending time with his family, and loved spending time in the timber.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, sons Brett (Beth), and Jason, both of Oelwein, a granddaughter, Brielle, a step-granddaughter Courtney Silvestri and step-grandson D.J. Silvestri, a brother, Doug (Lois) of Swisher, sisters Marna (Jim) Wehr of Cedar Rapids, Cheryl Handel of Lamont, Paula (Steve) Clancy of Knoxville, Tennessee, and many nieces and nephews.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Neal (Tiny), Rick, and two sisters, Kay and Christi. 


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Bruce and Marcelyn on February 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM said:

Joyce and family - We are so saddened to learn of Byron's death. This system has nothing to offer other than the opportunity to become lifelong friends with the most wonderful people during the most difficult time in mankind's history. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you as we anticipate the better times ahead!
Summer and Andy Wall on February 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM said:

We will miss Byron beyond words. He meant the world to us. We so look forward to paradise. We love you guys very much. Y'all are in our prayers.
Our deepest sympathy,
Summer and Andy
doug davis on February 4, 2015 at 7:17 AM said:

Byron was a good man and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Thoughts and prayers be with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Carrie wright on February 4, 2015 at 6:14 AM said:

Thinking of you all and sending hugs! Byron was such a kind and gentle soul!
Dennis and joan Phillips on February 3, 2015 at 8:52 PM said:

Sorry to hear about Byron .. Enjoyed talking to him at family get togethers He had A good sense of humor . We are thinking of you and family from afar {we are in AZ } We will be thinking of you in the days ahead . cousin Dennis
Joan Shaffer on February 3, 2015 at 7:30 PM said:

We were so sorry to hear of Byron's passing. In high school he, Vic, Neal and Gayle had so much fun together. May God be with you all.
Joni on February 3, 2015 at 11:47 AM said:

Wish I could be there with all of you, but it's an
impossibility at this time. Thinking of all of you.

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