November 20, 2019

Lawrence A. Bellor

Died Oct. 20, 2019


Lawrence Arthur Bellor, 69, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at his home in West Branch with his family by his side.

He was born Dec. 28, 1949, in Bay City to Lloyd and Wilda (Bishop) Bellor. On Feb. 20, 1981, he married Debra DeRosia in West Branch. Larry lived in West Branch since 1980, born and raised in Bay City. He graduated from John Glenn High School in 1968 and then went on to Central Michigan University where he received his bachelor’s degree in education.

Larry was a PE teacher for the West Branch-Rose City school district, where he coached high school baseball and football, retiring in 2010. He received the MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 1997, MHSFCA Coach of the Year in 1997, Class BB State Championship in 1997, MHSFCA West All Star Game Assistant Coach in 2003, and was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Early in his career, he also coached American Legion Baseball.

Larry enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, golfing, pickleball, biking and spending his winters in Florida and summers on Beaver Island. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family and mentoring all of his former players.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Debra Bellor of West Branch; daughter, Erica (Brett) Densé of Traverse City; son, Kyle Bellor of Grand Rapids; brothers, Daniel (MaryAnn) Bellor of Bay City and Richard Bellor of Florida; sister, Barbara (Gerry) Draves of Alger; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dave and Barb DeRosia of Traverse City; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and many aunts and uncles.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, from 3-8 p.m. with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Father David Parsch will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to the ESP Memorial Scholarship Fund or to the family for improvements to the pickleball courts on Beaver Island.

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