Funeral planners prepare for Delbert Belton's high-profile service



Posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Many people in the Spokane area want to attend the funeral service of the World War II veteran who was killed last week. The 88-year-old was beaten to death in a North Spokane parking lot.

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Both venues who will be hosting those services are getting ready for the large amounts of people.

Directors at Greenwood Cemetery said they are accustomed to holding military funerals but they know this one will be different. Hundreds of people may attend the first service on Thursday.

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Directors said they are focused solely on the family and those who knew Delbert.
“It’s the one thing we have to be so careful of is to be caregivers for those who are left,” said Dennis Murphy of Heritage Funeral Home.

The Pastor of North Hill Christian is doing what he can for the family as well
“Care for those who wish to remember Delbert for who he was, not just because of how he died,” said Pastor Chris Snow.

Those who never knew Delbert are trying to help. Neighbors around the church are getting ready for big crowds.

Both venues said they are ready for everyone who comes to the services.