Mr. Stanley E. Bellinger, age 83, of Johnstown, died Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home.
He was born August 8, 1929, in Johnstown, the son of the late Erwin and Lillian Tupper Bellinger. He served in Greenland and Iceland for the U.S. Navy in the 1940s. He was employed by the former Independent Leather Company of Gloversville and was a self-employed contractor in the mid-1960s-1980s, doing trucking, backhoe and bulldozing.
Stan enjoyed any discussion regarding religion or politics. He raced stock cars in the 1950s and enjoyed NASCAR and area racing, especially watching his son, John, and grandson, Bodie. He enjoyed sharing his faith and established the former Lighthouse Youth Center in Johnstown. He also provided work for many of the young people in the community.
Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn M. Dutcher Bellinger of Johnstown; six children, Barney Bellinger (Susan) of Mayfield, John Bellinger (Karen) of Johnstown, Bonnie Compagnone (Jon) of Orange City, Florida, Gloria Brown (Bob) of Caroga Lake, Mary Veeder of Johnstown and Stephanie Gerlach (Steve) of Fonda; a brother, Lester Bellinger (Shirley) of Johnstown; and a son-in-law, Robert Bulger of Johnstown. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Shelly Bulger.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Sacandaga Bible Conference, P.O. Box 247, Broadalbin, N.Y. 12025.
Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.