SPOKANE, Wash. -- Ever since 88-year-old Delbert Belton was fatally beaten outside Eagles Ice-A-Rena Wednesday night, people from the Spokane community and from around the country have increasingly displayed their support in the face of Belton’s tragic death.
A candlelight vigil was held for Belton Friday night. The memorial outside the ice arena grew over the weekend and the local community rallied to raise money to help the WWII veteran’s family.
At the Lariat Inn in Mead, where Delbert spent every weekend dancing, a band played in his honor Saturday night. Belton’s family said the night was about remembering the good times.
"He was the sweetest man you could have ever asked for," said Patti Wakefield, Delbert Belton’s neice.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, three sisters decided they wanted to do something, too, to help Patti and the rest of Delbert’s family.
"We feel bad for Mr. Delbert and his family about what happened," said 10-year-old Taylor Davis.
Taylor, her 9 and 11-year-old sisters Karissa and Makayla sold snacks from their lemonade stand on the sidewalk near Magnolia and Rowan.
Delbert’s family members said they have been overwhelmed with the support from the community.
“I want to thank everyone for their support the whole world has given us,” Wakefield said. “And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements were still being finalized for Belton. In addition to a private service, the family planned to organize a public military funeral as well.