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Charles "Chuck" Belnap


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Charles "Chuck" Belnap Obituary
Charles "Chuck" Belnap, 88, of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in the care of The Gables and his family in Pocatello, Idaho.
Chuck was born Sept. 23, 1928 in Rexburg, ID to Charles W. Belnap and LulaBelle Humphry. He lived in Rexburg until moving to Blackfoot for his junior and senior year in high school. During his school years he excelled in football. 
In 1946, Chuck joined the you United States Marines and served in El Toro, California.
On Aug. 10, 1947 he married the love of his life Margene Conn in Blackfoot, where they made their home. Three daughters were born into this union; Connie, Sharrie and Christine. 
Chuck was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and attended St. Bernard's in Blackfoot. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Scoutmaster of a Scout troop for many years.
He worked at the INEL from 1951 to 1983. He started working a post and worked his way to being the Chief of Security. He established and was a member of the INEL Postal Team for 20 years, and at that time the team was the best in the nation. He was a certified NRA Police in Fire Arms Instructor and marksman. He was a member of the Traffic Safety Committee for the City of Blackfoot and commissioned special Idaho State Police officer.
Chuck received a commendation for outstanding service rendered during the AEC's recovery from the SL-1 Reactor accident that occurred Jan. 3, 1961. Members of his unit performed all phases of the SL-1 incident including the initial phase of combating the disaster, removal of victims, and subsequent recovery efforts. 
Chuck loved going to Island Park, he and Margene called it their Camelot. They loved campfires and long walks. After Chuck's retirement he volunteered for many years at St. Vincent DePaul in Blackfoot. He and Margene were instrumental in getting the funding to build showers and starting a food bank for the homeless and families in need.
They helped as many people and families as possible to have a Thanksgiving and a Christmas. That was very important to them. Chuck and Margene also helped start and were members of COP for 11 years. Chuck received many awards in his lifetime, and he was very appreciative of the awards and the people in his community.
Chuck is survived by his daughters, Connie (Jack) Jacobson of Kennewick, Wash., Sharrie (Rick) Reddish and Christine (John) Bailey, of Pocatello; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margene; parents Charles, and LulaBelle; brothers, Gordon Ray and John Ray; and sister, Myrtle Thorpe. 
A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S Shilling Ave in Blackfoot. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 386 W. Sexton in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Oct. 27, 2016
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