Donald Bellew

Donald Bellew

Thursday, September 3rd, 1936 Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

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Obituary for Donald W. Bellew

Donald W. Bellew, aka, OCD (One Cool Dude) born September 3, 1936 died peacefully at home on May 23, 2021 surrounded by his family.

He grew up in Cleveland where he graduated from Benedictine High School in 1955. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Technical Education from the University of Akron in 1977.

He married the love of his life, Patty Bellew (Clarke) on May 26, 1963. He was a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He spent his life doting over his family. He will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, love of life, and laughing so hard at his own jokes he couldn’t spit out the punchline.

He was a dedicated public servant. Drafted on October 1, 1959, he served 2 years in the Army. He spent his career helping others.

He retired from the Cleveland Police Department on July 15, 1994, after a 30-year distinguished career as a police officer (Badge #258).

Following his retirement, he made his mark on the local Mentor community. He was a parishioner at St. Bedes. His weekly routine consisted of delivering canned goods to the church and buying egg McMuffins for the women who worked at the local dry cleaners in exchange for rags. His rag obsession was obvious to anyone who met him. They were always piled high in his car, laundry room, basement, bathroom, and hanging out of his back pocket.

In his spare time he enjoyed golfing and working out at the local gym where he spent most of his time socializing. He will be missed dearly by everyone who had the good fortune to meet him. He was a gentle soul who loved to make people laugh.

He is predeceased by his mother, Hazel Florence Bellew (Hamilton), father, Wilbur Francis Bellew, brothers, James Francis Bellew and Richard Ernest Bellew. His beloved dogs, Jesse Bellew and Hobbs Bellew.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Ann Bellew, son, John Donald Bellew, daughters, Lisa Ann Bellew-Peebles, (Maureen Clifford), Cindy Boehnlein (Michael Boehnlein) and four grandchildren, Alexander Ryan Peebles, Samantha Marren Peebles, Jacob Michael Boehnlein and Aidan Jonathan Boehnlein. His grand pups, Angus Boehnlein, Jack Clifford and Archie Peebles.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 Am Thursday, May 27, 2021 at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 9114 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor. Social distancing protocols will be enforced and masks are required.

Final resting place will be in Mentor Cemetery.

Family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lake County Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd. #E, Mentor, OH 44060.

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    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 11:00am
    St. Bede The Venerable Catholic Church
    9114 Lakesshore Boulevard
    Mentor, OH
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    Thursday, May 27th, 2021
    Rev. Timothy J. Plavac
  • Interment

    Mentor Cemetery
    6881 Hopkins Road
    Mentor, Ohio
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Jackson/Pawlus Family and Mario and Aileen Campanello sent flowers to the family of Donald W. Bellew.
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Jackson/Pawlus Family and Mario and Aileen Campanello sent flowers to the family of Donald W. Bellew.
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Jackson/Pawlus Family

We Salute you Donny! You will certainly be missed. With deepest sympathy. Always in our hearts, Roy Jackson, Jim Jackson, Cathy Pawlus & families.
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Mario and Aileen Campanello

Our deepest condolences to all.
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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Donald W. Bellew, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Donald W. Bellew, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
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