Richard Terry “Rick” Belt, 71, of North Ridgeville, formerly of Charleston, passed away Monday, September 10, 2012, at the Ohio’s Veterans Home, Sandusky. Richard Terry Belt, born August 2, 1941, in Charleston, West Virginia, was the only child of Harry and Ruby Westfall Belt.
The Belt Family lived in Widen, West Virginia, at the time of his birth, where Ruby was a school teacher and Harry ran the WMCA. The family later moved to Marmet in Kanawha County, where Ruby continued teaching and Harry worked in the coal mines. Richard graduated from Charleston High School and then West Virginia State College with a degree in education. He was in ROTC and the Pershing Rifles Drill Corps during his college years. Upon college graduation, Rick entered the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After leaving the Army, Richard returned to Charleston and began his computer studies at Center College. Harry owned an airplane and Rick was taking flying classes at Yeager Airport in Charleston. On one of his trips to the airport, he met Rondell McComas who was on a family outing. They were married at her parents home in Marmet on September 30, 1966. After finishing classes at Center College, Rick and Rondell moved to Pittsburgh where he worked for Westinghouse’s
computer division. It was there that their first child, Rae Dawn, November 12, 1970, was born. Later he began working for Crain Company, still in the Pittsburgh area. In 1971, the family moved back to Charleston where Richard worked for the State of West Virginia again in the computer field. He later worked for Union Carbide and it was UC who transferred him to Texas for a year and then to Cleveland in 1986. Union Carbide in Cleveland became UCAR Carbon. Richard retired from there in 2000.
Ryan was born May 27, 1974, while the family lived in Charleston. It was also in Charleston that Rick’s interest in real estate rose to the surface when he acted as general contractor for a home for his family. He later, jointly with Ruby, built a speculation home. He also purchased, remodeled and sold several homes in Ohio.
Richard is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rondell; his children; son, Ryan; daughter, Rae Dawn; and son-in-law, David; grandsons, Henry and Reagan; granddaughter, Alysa Belt; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Everett and Wilda McComas; brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Becky McComas; and numerous cousins and family members.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M., Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Harding Funeral Home, 514 50th St., SE, Charleston, West Virginia, and one hour prior to the service at the Church. A tribute to Rick’s Life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Kanawha City, with the Reverend Janet Harman officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, West Virginia. Military honors will be given by the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either The Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area Chapter, 23215 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 300, Beechwood, OH 44122-5803 or to The Ohio Veterans Home, 3416 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.