Justus R. Belfield, 98, of the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab Center in Scotia, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Born in Utica, NY, he was the son of the late Arthur and Phoebe Stadt Belfield. At age 19, he enlisted in the National Guard and served in Troop A as a bugler, rifleman, machine gunner and horse handler from 1936 to 1940, leaving when they removed the horses from service. He enlisted in the US Army in 1943, serving in the 923rd Heavy Automotive Maintenance Co. and the 22nd Armored Division in Belgium and France during WW II, and was honorably discharged as a Master Sgt. in 1946. He also served in the US Army during the Korean War in the 1202nd Army Security Unit and the US Army Reserves, being finally discharged in April of 1963 as a Warrant Officer, W1. Following the service, Mr. Belfield worked as a Quality Control Inspector, retiring from General Dynamics in Rochester, NY. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lillian Bugbee Belfield; a son, Raymond (Sharyn) Belfield, of Whitesboro; five daughters, Pamela (James) Allbright, of Albany, Linda (Paul) Castilla and Ramona (Robert) Stubbs, both of Glenmont, Nola (James) Monohan, of Manlius, NY, and Holly (Gary) Morris, of Fanwood, NJ; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a beloved grandson, Jason Allbright. Friends are invited and may attend the military graveside service at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871 on Friday morning, November 14th, at 10 a.m. sharp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180. Phone: (518) 272-3930 or 272-5802.
Published by The Observer-Dispatch on Nov. 13, 2014.