Kenneth E. Bellaire
                                    July 5, 1937 ~ November 27, 2016

Kenneth E. Bellaire, 79, of Shipshewana, died at 5:10 am on Sunday,
November 27, while in route to be airlifted to a Ft. Wayne Hospital following
an apparent heart attack. He was born on July 5, 1937  in Shipshewana to
Melvin J. and Mildred (Johnson) Bellaire. On November 27, 1990 in White
Pigeon, MI he married Rebecca Marchand, she survives. Survivors in
addition to his wife are five daughters, Kenda (Ricky) Hancock of Kansas,
IL, Donna (Rick) Lemons of Manchester, TN, Dianna (Tony) Schneider of
Three Rivers, MI, Sandra Bellaire of Constantine, MI, Stephany Bellaire of
Shipshewana; a step-daughter, April (Dan) Bernth of Goshen; a step-son,
Jessy (Josie) Schlabach of Grass Lake, MI; seven grandchildren, 24 great
grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five step-great grandchildren; three
sisters, Janet Cunningham of Three Rivers, MI, Shirley (Randy) Wadsworth
of Sturgis, MI, and Bonnie Bellaire of Sturgis, MI. He was preceded in death
by his parents; a daughter, Bobbie Bellaire, who passed away in 1975;
three sisters, Francis Boyle Nora Ringler and Gladys Bates. Kenneth was
well known as a hardworking man, working two jobs most of his life. He
was self-employed and worked for over 45 years for the White Pigeon
Paper Mill. He had the ability to repair almost anything and loved attending
his church, Middlebury Church of the Brethren. Visitation will be from 2:00 -
4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, December 1, at the Miller-Stewart
Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. There will also be one
hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on Friday, December
2, at Middlebury Church of the Brethren, 507 Bristol Ave. Middlebury.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Janet Shaver. Burial will be in
Keightley Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Special
Olympics of Elkhart County or Kalamazoo, MI. or Middlebury Church of the

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So sorry to hear of your loss ! He was a very kind man and we loved seeing
him in the restaurant.
From: Six Mile Restaurant
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So sorry for your loss, Kenny was a good man.
From: Pat Musser Frick
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So sorry to hear of the passing of Kennith - he was a cousin to me on his
mothers side of the family - I wish his large extended family well through
this truly sad time
From: Jane Johnson Hammond
Gone Fishing... Finally