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Billy Belew

Shannon City

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 8:01 a.m. CDT

Billy Belew, 72, of Shannon City died Feb. 16, 2014, at his son’s home in Afton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston. The Rev. Lila Green will officiate. Burial will be in Panther Creek Cemetery east of Redfield. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are to be determined. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Billy Wilford Belew, son of Opal I. (Bacon) and Edward A. Belew, was born July 21, 1941, in Redfield.

Billy spent most of his younger years growing up on the family farm southeast of Redfield.

On Feb. 14, 1965, Billy married Claudia Daggett in Dexter at the Methodist Church. They later divorced in 1970.

On May 26, 1971, Billy married Ruby Stonehocker in Omaha, Neb. They later divorced.

Billy lived mostly in the Dallas County area, where he worked at United Brick and Tile in Adel.

In 1992, he moved to Creston to be closer to his children.

Billy worked at Micheal Foods in Lenox, Iowa Select Farms and Woodmarc in Winterset before retiring in 2004.

Billy is survived by his son James Bradley “Brad” Stonehocker of Afton; daughters, Denise Jones of Creston, Elaine (husband Sterling) Weirich of Corning, Monica Belew of Creston, Vanessa (husband Wayne) Miller of Guthrie Center and Theresa Jones of Eureka, Nev.; fiancé Helen Purscell of Shannon City; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; friend Chad “Chaddy” Neeley; close family friend David White of Shannon City; sister Marjorie Alexander of Redfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Margaret Belew, Donald Belew, Ronnie and Sherry Belew and Arnold and Pat Belew; sister Loraine Potter; son Darwin Belew in 1992; and second wife in 2008.

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