Funeral services for Reverend John R. Bellar age 95 of Norfolk, NE will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Beemer Mennonite Church in Beemer, NE. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Beemer Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service, both at the church. Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner is assisting the family with the arrangements..
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John passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.
John R. Bellar was born March 17, 1925, to John K Bellar and Jenny (Schweitzer) Bellar on a farm five miles west of O’Neill, Nebraska. In 1935, the family moved to Leadville, Colorado, where John finished his schooling. In March of 1943, he entered World War II, joining The United States Navy. He served in the Pacific until the war ended. After being discharged in 1946 from the Navy, he went to Broken Bow where he worked for Custer County Sand and Gravel. In 1950, he went to Indianapolis, Indiana to work for Aero May Flower, driving and moving people all over the United States until 1953. He then moved to West Point, Nebraska, and married Delores Oswald, February 14, 1954, at the Beemer Mennonite Church. God blessed their union with three boys; John, Jay, and Jeff. He worked for Christensen Sand and Gravel of West Point for 14 years. During this time, he finished his bible school courses and became an ordained minister with The Assemblies of God. He pastored the Congregational Church in Beemer for 10 years. In 1968, he accepted the pastorship of The Walthill Assembly of God Church. The family moved to Walthill at this time. He pastored and also drove a school bus for Walthill Public Schools for 27 years. John and Delores retired and moved to Beemer in 1995. John then filled in for the Pender Assembly of God Church for two years. In 2003, he started to pastor the Baptist Church of Beemer, and continued for 10 years. In 2013, they moved to Norfolk to be closer to their sons. Reverend Bellar pastored churches in northeast Nebraska for 50 years, where he walked with many on the road to meet Jesus. He was a faith-filled warrior for Jesus Christ. Well done good and faithful servant!
Survivors include sons, John (Taryn) Bellar of Omaha, Jay (Lori) Bellar of Lincoln, and Jeff (Lorrie) Bellar of Norfolk; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; Brother and sister-in-law Dr Ralph (Gail) Bellar of Harper, Kansas.
Preceding John in death were his parents and spouse; Brothers Clayton, Floyd, Jim, Francis Bellar and their spouses; Sisters Evelyn Wagenfuehr, Ruth Sullivan, Doris Geist, Mary Geist, Millie Stutzman and their spouses.