Delbert Belton honored at afternoon church service



Posted on August 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- More than one hundred friends and family members of Delbert Belton gathered Friday at 2:00 p.m. for his funeral service. The funeral for the 88-year-old World War II veteran was held at North Hill Christian Church near Post and Wellesley. It was open to everybody.

Friends and family said that they were in awe again at the turn-out at the second funeral service.

"It was an honor to be around a man who gave everything and asked for nothing," said a friend of Belton.

"I know he is in heaven right now watching the biggest TV screen in the universe," said another friend at the service.

Belton was beaten to death in the Eagle’s Lodge parking lot August 21.

A graveside service for Belton was held Thursday in West Spokane. Dozens of people attended including Patriot Guard Riders.

PHOTOS:  Greenwood Cemetery service for Belton

WATCH:  Part 1 of Greenwood service

WATCH:  Part 2 of Greenwood service

"It was just an honor to be around a man who gave everything and asked for nothing," said John Harvey, an attendant.

Even complete strangers, including veterans, took their turn at the microphone to share condolences with the family.

Belton was buried with full military honors at the public funeral Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery.  Hundreds of people from around the region attended the ceremony, as news of Belton’s murder has received national attention.