PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Kenneth Franklin Belcher, 90, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 5, 2012.
Frank was born in Va., Sept. 1, 1922, to Carter and Ora (Pruett) Belcher, but grew up in Ohio, graduating in 1940 from Centerburg High School.
He joined the U.S. Navy on Feb. 20, 1941, survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp on Sept. 15, 1942, and served on the USS Essex the remainder of World War II. He retired from the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services in Mount Vernon.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Belle (Lahmon) Belcher; daughter, Jo Belcher of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Robb Belcher of Flagstaff, Ariz.; son, Ken (Andrea) Belcher, and their five children of Mount Vernon; brother, Carl, of Portland, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence, Herman (Doc), and Foy; his sisters, Kathleen Tier, Ida Peugh, Girthel Henwood and Reba Keller.
Frank will be cremated and there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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