William Herschel Belden, 85, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was a resident of Franklin.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1928, in Whiteland, to William Howard and Maggie Pearl (Smothers) Belden.
He married Antionette Dahla (Digaglio) Belden on Jan. 24, 1950. Bill is survived by one daughter, Rose Ann Strouse of Salem; one grandson, Samuel Michael Strouse of Greenwood; two great-grandchildren, Kacey Antionette Strouse and Samuel Augustus Strouse; one sister, Jan (Carlos) Doyle of Franklin; and one brother, Garland Eugene Belden of Edinburgh. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in passing by his parents, wife, Antionette; and one brother, John Mitchell Belden.
He was a 1948 graduate of Whiteland High School. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was employed by Ko-We-Ba in Indianapolis in Food Supply for 46 years. He also worked as a meat cutter at Mace’s Grocery in Franklin and later worked as the Manager at Vandivier Liquors in Franklin.
He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He was a member of the Centra Masonic Lodge No. 23, F & A M in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite and the Murat Shrine. He was a past-president of the Johnson County Shrine Club. He was known as “Bubba” the Clown with the Keystone Cops. He was a member of the Franklin Elks Lodge No. 1818, Franklin American Legion Post No. 205, the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and hunting ginseng and mushrooms. He also enjoyed playing cards.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton St., (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at where military honors will be conducted by the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205 at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016, or visit www.kidney.org/donate.
Online condolences may be received at www.flinnmaguire.net.