Due to pending weather, Charlie's service has been moved to Monday, March 13.
Charles John Bellmore, 83, of Wahpeton, ND, passed away peacefully under the care of CHI hospice Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Charles' funeral service will be held Monday, March 13, 2023, at the Vertin-Munson Funeral Home. Visitation is set to begin at 9 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. and led by Pastor Dominick Warne. A live stream of his service will be available on the funeral home’s website. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests all memorials be made to the Chahinkapa Zoo, the Wounded Warriors Project, Fresenius Kidney Care Fergus Falls, or the Richland/Wilkin Food Pantry. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.
Charles, affectionately known as “Charlie,” was born on June 2, 1939, in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Jack and Amelia (Pawlak) Bellmore. After his formal education at Waubun School System, he joined his dad in the family farming operations. In 1957, Charlie worked for the US Government as a private contractor and was soon sent to Cambodia for 8 weeks to find a POW camp. Charlie worked for Robanks Manufacturing for 25 years and, in the meantime, owned and operated his own business, Bellmore & Sons, where he completed septic tank service, trenching, and excavating.
On March 17, 2001, Charlie was united in marriage to Jan Stiffler in Abercrombie, ND. To this union, Charlie welcomed two children into his family, and Jan welcomed eight into hers. Together, they watched their family grow with grandchildren and great-grandchildren as the years went on. Shortly after he and Jan married, they began planning camping trips as often as possible and enjoyed retirement together.
From the earliest years of his life, Charlie was hunting and fishing; as his children grew up, he passed along this passion to them as well. He was a hero in the eyes of his children and a pillar of strength to his grandchildren. His work ethic was next to none, and nothing stopped Charlie from completing a full day at work- not even the forklift falling on him. Amongst the community, he was known for his volunteer work, especially his welding projects at Chahinkapa Zoo in many of the habitat enclosures. During the Veteran’s Day parades, Charlie proudly drove his army jeep as the community watched from the sidewalks. The American Flag was his favorite symbol, and he took pride in his country and community. He preferred the color blue, loved country music, and typically had an old war movie on the television.
Charlie will forever be cherished by his loving wife of nearly 22 years, Jan Bellmore; children, Steve Bellmore, Brian (Karen) Bellmore, Jeff Bellmore (Carly Jimenez), Mike Bellmore, Kathy (Adam) Walton, Mark Bellmore, Kim (Joel) Nelson, and Dean (Trudi) Bellmore; stepdaughter, Kelli (Chad) Friederichs; stepson, Guy (Candice) Striffler; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; 4 step grandchildren, and 2 step great grandchildren; siblings, Phyllis Banks and Maryann Erickson; and three nieces.