GOREVILLE - Anderson Huston Belt, 80, passed away peacefully at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in VA Medical Center in Marion.
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Services for Mr. Belt will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, with Pastor R.G. Null officiating. Interment will be in Busby Cemetery in Goreville. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Anderson was born Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1932, in Cave-In-Rock, to Willis and Ollie (Milligan) Belt.
He is survived by his children, Debra and Dean Taborn of Goreville and Mark Belt of Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Dean and Kerry Taborn Jr. of Harrisburg, DeAnna and Eric Marsh of Glen Arm and Ty Taborn of Goreville; great-grandchildren, Taylor Taborn, Kaden Taborn, Jace Johnson and Alyssa Marsh; siblings, Freda Allene and Bennett Hodge of Chicago, Ruey Gordon and Lillian Belt of Downers Grove, Thomas Herbert and Maryse Belt of Aurora, Colo., and Willis Rudy and Norma Belt of Supply, N.C.
Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Ollie; and five sisters, Ama Ruth Belt, Mary Louise Belt, Ida Imogene Belt, Shirley Gertrude Belt and Gladys Melba (Belt) Pitts.
He served his country honorably as a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army HQ BTY 507th AAA from 1949 to 1955 while stationed in Kyu-shu, Japan during the Korean War. He was also a part of the 999th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Order of the Triangle. He received a Certificate of Recognition for his service during the Cold War and a Certificate of Proficiency for his Japan Logistical Command and Automatic Weapons Battalion.
Once discharged, he returned stateside and worked as a welder for the Elgin Sweeper Company, who made street sweepers for the city of Elgin. He retired in 1997 after working 40 years. He was a member of Goreville Pentecostal Church and was baptized by the Rev. R.G. Null at the VA Hospital.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, 2012