Emiel Belzer (1912 - 2013)

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Emiel Everett Belzer II

Rapid City - Emiel Everett Belzer II passed away on March 13, 2013 at Westhills Health Care in Rapid City.

Bud was born May 29, 1912 to Emiel E. and Ida B. (Grotta) Belzer at De Smet, SD He attended the De Smet Public Schools and graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Civil Engineering in 1934. He married Irene P. Maurer of Madison, Nebraska on June 23, 1937. They lived in various cities of the United States, then retired and moved to Rapid City, SD in 1985. He completed engineering projects in South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arizona. Bud was in WW II for 3 1/2 years in the European Theater in the Navy, being honorably discharged as a Lt. Commander, U.S.N.R. After the war, Bud and Irene settled in De Smet where Bud operated the Belzer Construction Company until 1965. Being a Registered Professional Engineer, he operated the Belzer Engineering Company out of De Smet until 1985 at which time he and Irene retired and moved to Rapid City. Bud was a member of the Triangle Fraternity, Sigma Tau and Tau Beta Pi Honorary Fraternities at SDSM&T, De Smet Methodist Church, De Smet Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Temple at Yankton, SD, and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge of De Smet. Bud held various positions in the De Smet Methodist Church, served 10 years as a City Commissioner for the city of De Smet and was active as a Boy Scout leader.

Bud was married to the love of his life and soul mate, Irene, for 75 years where they celebrated this event in June of last year. Survivors include his wife Irene of Rapid City, daughter Mrs. Kenneth (Rebecca) Williams of St. Petersburg, FL, daughter Mrs. Hubert (Bonnie) Gregory of Easton, MO., son Emiel E. (Buddy) Belzer and wife Deanne of Rapid City, and daughter Mrs. Vernon (Bergetta) Osterloo of Rapid City, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother. Memorial Services will be held on 1:00 pm Saturday, March 16, at Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Boulevard, Rapid City, with Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating. Burial will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 20, with Rev. Doug Diehl officiating at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with full Military Honor by Rushmore VFW Post #1273 and South Dakota National Guard. Cards may be sent to Irene Belzer, 201 Anamaria Drive, Apt. 210, Rapid City, SD 57701. An online guestbook may be signed at www.osheimschmidt.com

Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 16, 2013
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