John Edward Belan


John Edward Belan, 77, a resident of Elkins, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, May 7, 2021, at his home. He had been in declining health, although death was unexpected.

He was born Sunday, July 11, 1943, at Elkins, West Virginia, a son of the late John and Ila Rose Ross Belan.

On Nov. 18, 1967, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Coalton, West Virginia, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Corina “Pongie” DeMotto, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Scott Edward Belan and wife, Allison, of Durham, North Carolina, and Stephen Michael Belan and wife, Mandy, of Elkins; one sister, Lois Jean Griffith of Evans; sisters-in-law, Barbara Lawrence of Sutton and JoAnn Yeager of Coalton; three grandchildren, Anna, Maddie and Samuel Belan; six nieces and nephews, Craig Griffith, Kara Casto, Clark Lawrence, Jay Lawrence, Pam Yeager and Ramie Yeager; special cousin, Bobby Hornbeck; and several other cousins.

Preceding him in death are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Irene DeMotto; brother-in-law, Gary Griffith; and one nephew, Greg Yeager.

He was a graduate of Coalton High School with the class of 1961. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1965 to 1967. He was a radio operator for the West Virginia State Police, and later worked at the supply house for the Pittston Coal Co. He retired in 2005 from the West Virginia Department of Highways as a supply clerk in the parts department with 23 years of service. John was a youth sports coach for many years and a regular swimmer at the YMCA. He was an outdoorsman and hunter, an avid gardener and loved working in his yard. He loved all WVU sports, especially basketball as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Steelers. He enjoyed hanging out on Saturday mornings at his buddy Smoke’s, but what he enjoyed and treasured the most was spending time with his three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Saint Brendan Catholic Church at Elkins on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. On Wednesday at 3 p.m, the Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated by The Rev. Father James E. O’Conner and interment will follow at the Saint Brendan Cemetery at Elkins, West Virginia. Masks and social distancing will be required.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for John Edward Belan.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.