James E. Bellant (Jim) of Boyne Falls, Michigan walked on in the early morning of August 30, 2019 to be with his family who walked on before him. He was surrounded at home by his loving wife and seven devoted children.
Jim was born in Cheboygan, Michigan on May 1, 1939 to Euclid F. Bellant Sr. and Arbutus C. (nee Davenport) Bellant and he was an Elder in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Jim attended Cheboygan Schools and later married his childhood sweetheart, Helen L. Merchant in Cheboygan on February 16, 1957. Jim joined the Merchant Marines at a young age, worked as a Industrial Painter at Silver Lead Company in Lansing, Michigan and was a Tool and Die Operator at Besser Headquarters in Alpena, Michigan for many years. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and keeping active with his family, which included fishing, hunting, camping, boating and snowmobiling. Jim was a family man who had a great sense of humor, a generous heart for family and friends alike and gave sound advice to anyone who asked.
Jim was loved immensely and his memories will live on by those he left behind; His adoring wife of 62 years, Helen and children Bonnie J. Fockler of Boyne City, Michigan, Tina M. Cook ( Mark) of Niles, Michigan, James L. Bellant of Boyne City Michigan, John E. Bellant of Midland, Michigan, Jeffrey L. Bellant ( Sheila) of East Jordan, Michigan, Kelly J. Bellant (April) of Boyne City, Michigan and Melissa A. Bellant (Nichole Wenzel) of Midland, Michigan, 26 grandchildren, 33 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren, brothers Richard E. Bellant ( Judith) of St. Johns, Michigan, Robert H. Bellant (Ilene) of Bay City, Michigan, Theodore L. Bellant of Bay City, Michigan and sisters Mary J. Minesal ( Terry) of Commerce, Georgia and Debra L. Smith (Lyle) of Midland, Michigan, also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Pamela D. Bellant, Granddaughter Stacie A. Wieschowski, Grandson Ronald F. Fox, III, brothers Euclid F. Bellant, Jr. (Junior), William P. Bellant, (Bill) LeRoy Bellant ( George) and sister Carol S. Bellant. He will be sorely missed by his family and anyone who knew him.
As per Jim’s wishes, no memorial service will be held. Memorials can be sent to: Hospice of Northern Michigan- Petoskey, Michigan 49770