Clarence Crampton Belton Jr

August 27, 1923January 11, 2012

CLARENCE C. BELTON, JR Clarence Crampton Belton, Jr.,89 ,a resident of Richmond passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Chippenham Memorial Center in Richmond. He was born on August 27, 1923 in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey and was the son of the late Clarence C. Belton, Sr. and Grace Permelia Hagaman Belton. Clarence lived in the twin borough of Peapack-Gladstone (Somerset County) which was founded in 1912. A picturesque rural village (then & now) which still boasts stately Victorians to charming cottages or classic capes featuring well tended green lawns and blooming flower gardens. He spent an idyllic childhood there. Attended elementary school in town and traveled by train to nearby Bernardsville, NJ (by train every day) to high school. He graduated from Bernards High School on June 11, 1942. One of his favorite activities was playing in the high school band (Baritone Horn) and his favorite teacher was the band director, Mr. Swan. He especially liked it when Tommy Dorsey would go to the high school and play his trombone. Clarence married his high school sweetheart, Elaine on September 12, 1942. They had three daughters, Jerilynn, Janice, and Debbie. Clarence was inducted into the US Army on April 26, 1943 and served in the Asiatic- Pacific campaign in Hawaii during WWII. He obtained many medals and awards while serving, including American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. Once home from the war he worked for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company as a lineman and started a Mink Farm-breeding several varieties of mink, as a hobby. After leaving Bell Telephone he started working as a Timber Agent in New Jersey which he pursued for the rest of his life. Clarence married his second wife, Frances Elizabeth “Betsy” in August 1960 and they had two sons, Mark and Keith Belton. Betsy also brought two daughters to the family, Shelley and Cynthia Young, so now he had seven children. Clarence always enjoyed being outside and walking in the woods, so his Timber Agent days were perfect for him. He also became a partner in a sawmill in Delaware during the 1970’s which complimented his Timber job. Clarence was also interested in carpentry and was proud to learn the craft of home building and construction from his cousin Ruth Thomson’s husband. Clarence is predeceased by his two wives; Elaine, and Betsy Belton, and brother, Ruland Hagaman Belton. He is survived by his children, Janice E. Fabbri-Fritz and husband, Robert L. Fritz, M.D. of Charlottesville, VA, Deborah C. West of Phoenix, AZ, Keith B. Belton, PhD., and wife, Karen of Millersville, MD, Rear Admiral Mark J. Belton and wife, Mary Patricia of Luray, Jerilynn L. Blaine and husband, Thomas of Phoenix, AZ; two step-daughters, Cynthia Jane Yard and husband, Donald of Flemington, NJ, and Shelley Koss of Easton, PA; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graveside funeral services were held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at Vaughan Cemetery, Sparta, NJ under the direction of Goble Funeral Home.


  • Graveside Service Monday, January 16, 2012

Clarence Crampton Belton Jr

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Alan Bush

January 20, 2012

my father and i worked for Mr.Belton at the mill in n.j.. we were also neighbor in Readington. Dad often talks of his day's hauling logs. Cindy and Shelley, I am so sorry for you loss. Alvah,Doris and Alan bush

January 12, 2012

We love you.