November 2, 1944 – October 9, 2021
Edward Wayne Belz passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021.
Ed was born in Taylor, Texas on November 2, 1944 and graduated from Taylor High School in 1963. He was drafted into the Army, completed basic training in Fort Polk, LA, became Chaplain’s assistant in the National Guard and continued active in the reserves for many years. After graduating Durham Nixon Clay Business College in Austin, Texas, he began a career in the office products and printing industry at Bairs’. Ed and his wife Jan later purchased the business and operated it for over 35 years. He was an astute businessman who was loved by his many faithful customers.
Ed worked hard and played just as hard. Fishing…something he grew up enjoying, eventually becoming an experienced and avid bass fisherman. Many unforgettable memories were made with Jan, the kids and friends on fishing trips to local lakes and, very often, to Lake Amistad. He was a founding member of Round Rock Bass Club and taught many friends and family how to fish which was a source of great enjoyment. Music….all kinds and all the time! Whether it was poker, dominoes, bowling, or shooting pool, he was sure to give you a run for your money- often times taking it in a bet. Golf was something he learned to love & play later in life. He spent lots of time on the course & met many great friends. Sharp tongue and quick wit…never boring, you always hoped for the latter. Ed loved his family and friends!
Ed is survived by his wife Jan Belz; daughter, Shelley Gill (James); son Stephen Belz (Missy); stepson Eddie Shell (Lisa); grandchildren Parker Gill, Jody, Chip & Mia Belz; step grandchildren Ruby, Julia and Hunter Shell; other family & friends.
Ed joins loved ones in heaven; his parents Edward William Belz & Evelyn “Tootsie” Winters Belz, brother Jimmy Ray, daughter Katherine Ann, and grandson Jace Gill.
Pallbearers are Jerry Bogle, James Gill, Lloyd Joubert, Mike Olson, David Swayze, & Wayne Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are Parker Gill, Jody, Mia & Chip Belz.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 15 in Taylor. Video and Visiting beginning at 10:30 followed by service, Taylor Brethren Church, 710 Sloan Street officiated by Pastor Tim Denton. Stories, we all have one…would love for you to share! Burial to follow at Taylor City Cemetery. Join us afterwards at Circleville General Store, 600 S State Hwy 95, Taylor Tx for Ed’s favorites…beer, burgers and chips.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Ed, for his grandson Jace Beck Gill’s Memorial Foundation, 4104 North Drive, Taylor, Tx 76574.
Friday, October 15, 2021
October 16, 2021
So sad to read of Butch's passing. I am originally from Taylor area. I used to see Butch regularly when I delivered paper to Bair's in our younger days. Have not seen him in Many years. My sincere condolences to his family and friends
October 13, 2021
Ed and I were best of friends for at Least 40 years. Over the years we had many memorable experiences, from fishing trips all over Texas and vacations we took together with Jan and Patty. One trip comes to mind that we all took to Lake Amistad near Del Rio. After a day of fishing we all went across the border for dinner. After dinner Ed excused himself for a few minutes and returned with a 3 piece Mariachi Band he had rented for the evening. Ed knew how to keep a party going. On another trip to Rock Port, Ed and I were relegated to sitting in the bottom of our boat while Jan and Patty caught a stringer full of red fish. Ed and I were taking fish off the line and baiting lines for the girls. I don’t think Ed and I ever fished that day, but we had a great fish fry that night.
It’s hard to put into words what a great friend and just a really good person Ed was. He was always there for anyone that needed him, he had his moments, but then we all do. We will miss him, but will remember the good times we all had together forever.
We love you, Rest In Peace, George and Patty
October 12, 2021
Jan is my sister, I spent many summers with Ed & Jan. I would help Jan out at Bairs’ and would ride with she & Ed to the office. Ed liked to prank, just as Eddie did. Ed & Jan put boots behind a stall in the women’s restroom at Bairs’, then put jeans over the boots as if someone was in the stall. I noticed “Mr. Boots” was in that stall for a while. I told Jan & Ed, so they grabbed a broom stick & slowly went to the restroom and flung the stall door open, I seriously thought I would pass out! Ed and Jan and other employees, of course got a huge laugh! Eddie & Ed got together & put walkie talkies outside of the room Shelly & I put our things in & scared us to death! It was always a laugh when Ed was around!
I would swim for hours in their pool, Ed would take care of the pool, then jump in to cool off, then off to check the sprinkler and grab a beer! He grilled the best fajitas & burgers, we had great times in their boat fishing & skiing. So many great memories and lots of laughs! I will miss his humor!
October 12, 2021
I have so many memories it’s hard to choose one. I’ve had the honor for caring for Ed for many years at Pafford Place.
I remember knocking on his door to wake him up for breakfast, at times Ed would be up sitting in his recliner or he would be lying in bed. I would tell Ed to move over and lay next to him spooning, He would say jokingly I don’t think Jan would like this, I would reply “ I’m not scared” Lol!!! We laughed and joked like that all the time. 🤠
This is one of many memories! Ed hated being away from his wife Jan and his family. These were times that I tried my best to listen and cry together 😢 Ed I will never forget you! RIP my friend 🙏❤️
October 11, 2021
I had the GREAT HONOR of BONDING A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP With Ed 🤗 I loved Everything about Ed & I will always remember him! Rest in Heaven My Friend 😇🙏💖
My Condolences to The Family !
October 11, 2021
I was so sorry to learn of Edward’s passing. We graduated together and I have nothing but fond memories of him. I’ll think of him with his kind heart.