Mr. Beldon "Bel" John Denman

September 17, 1927February 27, 2014

DENMAN, Beldon “Bel” John, age 86, crossed over to the Spirit World to meet his Creator on February 27, 2014 in his Independence, MO home. The family will greet friends from 5:00PM to 8:00PM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. Services will be 12:00PM Friday, March 7, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Crestwood Cemetery, Grand Blanc.

Beldon was born September 17, 1927 in Flint to Elizabeth (Hinman) and Neuel John Denman. Beldon was the oldest son, fourth child, of six children. Beldon attended Flint Northern High School, joined the Navy in 1945 and is a World War II veteran. Beldon completed his diploma in 1947. After returning from the war, Beldon served on the Great Lakes. Beldon began working for General Motors Parts Division, Swartz Creek and retired after 35 years of service. Beldon is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. Beldon was affectionately known as “Straight Arrow” by his family. Beldon was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ church. He served as an Elder and Pastor in several congregations. Beldon had been active in American Indian ministries for many years and attended the First People’s Circle, Community of Christ until his death.

Preceding Beldon in death is Mary Frances Denman, his wife of 54 years, 2002. His three sisters and one brother: Corona Heidel; Mary Lou Stobaugh; and Lucille Dersha; and Daniel Denman. His second wife: Mildred Pitman, of five years, 2009, of Independence, MO. Surviving is one brother: Neuel “Denny” Denman, of Davison. Surviving are two daughters of Beldon and Mary Frances: Deborah “Dee” Denman White Eye of Independence, MO; and Kathy Sue Denman-Wilke of Stillwater, MN.

Surviving are six grandchildren: Paula Renee Gravatt of Santa Cruz, CA; Angela Dee McKernan of Scotts Valley, CA; Jacob Ammon Worthington of Temecula, CA; Johnathan Dutton Denman of St. Charles; Zachary Beldon Wilke, Travis Michael Wilke and Dietrich James Wilke, all of Stillwater, MN; 8 great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends. Beldon married Sylvia Owens in February 2011 of Independence, MO with whom he resided until his death. Donations are suggested to the Community of Christ, Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mr. Beldon "Bel" John Denman

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Randy Walker

March 10, 2014

I worked with Bel at GM SPO from1966 until he retired. He was gentle soul. My mentor and friend.

Al Miller

March 7, 2014

Denny, so Sorry for your loss

March 4, 2014

Beldon was a neighbor when I lived on cloverlawn in Flint. He was a very kind gentle man. I am so sorry to the family for there loss. Will keep you all in my prayer.

Valerie Dutton

March 3, 2014

RIP Grandpa Denman....truly blessed to have met you and have you meet Brady and Caidin....sending love and prayers!

Deborah "Dee" Denman White Eye

March 2, 2014

Kathy Denman-Wilke

March 2, 2014

I am so blessed to have had Beldon Denman as my father. As one of you expressed, he had unconditional love for all....this included his family as well! I am so thankful that he shared his love for me and his faith in the creator with me and my sister Dee as we were growing up. Dad use to say when he was struggling, "What do people do that do not have faith in a creator? It took me awhile to learn this lesson, but the faith he role modeled for me has definitely defined who I am as a person. I pray that I can pass this faith on to my children and future grandchildren so that they will have this in times of struggle in their life's as well. The family has started a facebook site for dad about a week ago. Their are so many pictures and stories about him. If you are on facebook and would like to see the site, just search for "I remember Beldon Denman". We know that dad was 86 and many of his friends have joined the spirit world already but if you are able come meet us at the visitation or funeral. Thank you all for your kind words about my father.

sherry wasserman

March 2, 2014

my condolences to the Denman family for their loss.

Kathy Denman- Wilke

March 2, 2014

I was so blessed to have Beldon as my father. He provided me with the life and values to make me into the strong woman I continue to inspire to be. These memories will continue to sustain me for the rest of my life. I can only hope that I continue to pass on these values and faith to my children and future grandchildren. Dad would always say in times of struggle, how do people do this with out faith in a creator. We have a Facebook site entitled "I remember Beldon Denman" . Pictures and stories have been shared their for the last week too. Please feel free to come and hear about his life. His youngest daughter, Kathy

John Baker

March 2, 2014

Bel was one of the finest persons I ever met. I worked for and with him at GMPD for many many years. A wonderful man that will be missed by all who knew him. R.I.P.!

Stephen Daggett

March 2, 2014

I knew Beldon in the 70's and 80's while serving in the Flint District Church. I have always been impressed by his unconditional love for people of all walks of life. He was honest, compassionate, dependable and loyal. The world is a little poorer for his passing.