William M. Bellinger

William Michael Bellinger

Father, Husband, Brother, Compassionate Counselor, Selfless Public Servant. Born September 30, 1927. He passed away peacefully in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 6, 2011 from a persistent respiratory illness at age 84.

The man everyone referred to as "Bill" was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the fourth of eight children. As a young child, he traveled with his Father, an Episcopal Minister, to church assignments in several states. This set the tone for Bill's uncanny ability to adapt to any situation he encountered. Living close to the "Black Bottom" district in Detroit, Michigan, known for high life and nightclubs, Bill made friends with performers and earned pocket money taking suits and dresses to the cleaners.

In his late teens Bill was stricken with tuberculosis and he was confined for an extended period in a hospital ward. He occupied his time by practicing his skill as a sketch artist and cartoonist. Though his eventual recovery delayed the start of his college education, he was undeterred in his pursuit of his Bachelor's Degree from the Indiana State Teacher's College. Upon graduation, Bill moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he began his teaching career.

Bill's first marriage produced one daughter, Grace E. Bellinger - Coe. Later, he happened to meet Alta "Jean" Brown because they were teachers at the same school and lived a few blocks from each other. First a friendship and then a romance bloomed as he frequently hitched a ride home. He soon became a fixture at the dinner table where he was introduced to Jean's five children, Edmond G. Brown, Jeanne M. Brown (deceased), L. Wendell Brown, Tammye J. Brown and Karl E. Brown. His easy going nature, playfulness and magic tricks won the kids over. Bill and Jean were married in 1962 and had two beautiful children together, Alta M. Skelton and Michael L. Bellinger.

Bill, a lifelong learner, earned his Master's degree from Ball State University. He was a teacher and public school counselor for more than 30 years, a Boy Scout Master, Little League coach, a sought after Gestalt therapist, and a nonjudgmental friend to all who made his acquaintance.

His two surviving sisters, Mary E. Stephens, of Detroit, Michigan and Ruthirene L. Pitts - Litman of Palm Desert, California, his seven surviving children, his eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren invite you to join them for a joyous "Celebration of Life". Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 4 p.m. in All Souls Unitarian Church 5805 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226. The burial will be at Washington Park North Cemetery.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortu ary . Condolences and expressions of sympathy should be directed to: http://www.stuartmortuary.com

Funeral Home

Stuart Mortuary, Inc.
2201 North Illinois Street  Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-925-3000

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 24, 2011