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Kendall Belz


Kendall Belz, 52, died doing something he loved, Saturday, August 13, 2011, while flying home from an air show. He was born July 29, 1959, in Des Moines to Glenn and LaRay (Hanawalt) Belz.

He was a boat mechanic since the age of 14, was employed by Water's Edge Marine for 15 years, and was currently working at Camp Dodge as a mechanic. Kendall was actively serving in the National Guard for over 26 years, and spent time oversees in Iraq. He was a board member of the Iowa Military Aviation Heritage Museum in Ankeny, where you could find him every Tuesday working on World War II airplanes. Kendall was also a motorcycle and dirt bike enthusiast, and long time member of the Mid Iowa Trail Riders Association.

Kendall is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sandy; children, Trent (Sarah Buchholz) Belz and Kendra Belz; brothers Kevin and Kelly Belz; sister, Kristy (Darrell) Henning; mother, LaRay Chapman; as well as many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Belz.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2011, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue, with burial to follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 18, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for the support of other Iowa National Guard families in loving memory of Kendall.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2011.
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August 21, 2011
So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers & thoughts are with you & your family. Keep your memories of him alive in your heart & he will be with you forever & always. Friends, Dale & Vickie Anderson
Vickie Anderson
August 20, 2011
You have my deepest sympathy,may the God of tender mercie's bring comfort at this difficult time(2 corinth.1:2).
August 20, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to you Sandy and all your relatives. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Phil & Gill Midgley, Doncaster, England.
Phil & Gill Midgley
August 19, 2011
Sandy, Kelly, Kevin, Kristi & Laray-So sorry to hear about Kendall, been thinking of you guys this week, your in our prayers.
Heidi (Belz) Jax
August 19, 2011
Sandy, Kelly, Kevin, Kristi & Larae-So sorry to hear about Kendall, been thinking of you guys this week, your in our prayers.
Heidi (Belz) Jax
August 18, 2011
We are saddend by your loss. Kendall was a good friend and co-worker at Regency Marine. God Bless you and your family.
The Hewitt family
Eric Hewitt
August 18, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
carmi rauch
August 18, 2011
Dearest Sandy: So sorry to hear of your loss. Don't worry you'll be together again when it's your time to cross over. Talk to him whenever you want to, I;m sure he'll hear you. Take care of yourself and your kids!! Sincerely, Nancy Mortensen
Nancy Mortensen
August 18, 2011
Dear Sandy, Kristy, Kevin, & Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. The good Lord calls everybody home. I was a classmate of Kendall's and we had a lot of fun growing up riding mini bikes etc. He will be dearly missed! God Bless all of YOU!
Randi Van Rees
August 17, 2011
Kendall working on the C45
Sandy, Kendall was a great person that was always ready to help where needed. We will miss him at the museum. He is a true Hero in my heart as he was always ready to do his duty for his country. We offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Mike Callison IAHM
Mike Callison
August 17, 2011
Oh Sandy! I'm so sorry to hear of Kendall's passing! You, Trent, Kendra and all of the famiy are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerest Condolences - Deb Curtis
August 17, 2011
Dear Sandy:
We share your sudden loss of great husband, father and friend. Although we had met Kendall a few times, we did not know as well as our son David did. Kendall was a real friend to David, who was quite shaken upon hearing of the accident. We understand Kendall was a loyal friend and extremely willing to be helpful to everyone whenever they needed it. May God be with you in this time of need.
Bill & Carmen Stout
Bill Stout
August 16, 2011
Sandy, so sorry to hear about your Hubby! I also heard about the wreck, but never thought I'd know anyone involved. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rhonda Marx
August 16, 2011

I had a call from one of our officers about a plane crash that he was sent to. I was shocked to learn it involved your husband. God bless you and your family. David Downing
August 16, 2011
Kendall was a student of mine at Johnston and a fellow guardsman. He will be missed and I am very sorry. My father, like Kendalls, was also killed in a plane accident. So Sad!
Jack Finley
August 16, 2011
Sandy, Kristy & family - we are all stunned at the sudden passing of Kendall. Please lean on your extended family and friends to help you at this most difficult time. We all love you and are praying for you. God bless....
Jane Gatzke
August 16, 2011
Dear Sandy and Family,
I remember when Kendall joined the Guard. We worked in 3655's Motor Pool Section together. I spent many National Guard Training Camps with Kendall. Red River Army Depot, Fort Hood, and Fort Riley just to name a few. Every spring, I looked forward to talking with Kendall at Water's Edge Marine. He knew his job well there. Kendall is one of the best people for which I've had the pleasure to know and I will miss him. I know his family will miss him too. It is my wish that you and your family find peace and comfort during this time and in the days ahead and know in your heart that he loved you all very much. Take care and God bless each of you.
Brad & Susan Westpheling
August 16, 2011
So sorry Sandy & family, it just hurts so much. Beautiful write up in the paper. Hes a wonderful guy, you can be so proud.
Glenda Belz
August 16, 2011
Sandy Girl...Your life changed in a split second, didn't it... I'm so sorry you have to experience this. Life is a blink of an eye. Live every day as though it were your last. (I heard the news from Pioneer. The last time I saw you was 7 1/2 years ago when you came to get my furniture.) If you are ever in Washington, PLEASE look us up! God bless.
Lois Still
August 16, 2011
Dear Sandy and Family
Words alone cannot express our sympathy on the untimely death of your beloved husband, father, and friend. Kendall's time with us was far too short. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him.

Cherish the time you have together and love each other with the same love that Kendall had for all of you.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you.

Kathy Loveridge and Butch Gibbs
August 16, 2011
RIP cuz
Dan Olson
August 16, 2011
Kendall, my son Dan and I spent a lot of time riding our dirt bikes on trails, Hare Scrambles, Moto-cross races and just practicing on our home moto-cross track. We have a lot of great memories together and I will miss my brother in law a great deal. He was a good man and I will treasure the adventures and laughs we had together.
Steve McGilvrey
August 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God be with you in this terrible time.
Rebecca Norris
August 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
rebecca norris
August 16, 2011
Dear Sandy and Family, We are so sorry for such a great loss. Even though it was doing what he loved to do, doesn't make it any easier. You will have some very difficult days ahead. When you think you are having a good day, it will turn with a single thought. We lost our son two months ago at the age of 37, leaving a young wife and three school age kids.
May you find peace in knowing he loved all of you and you were so important to him. Take care...

Jeff and LeAnn Olson
Jeff and LeAnn Olson
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