Richard Belcher, Jr., 95 of Valparaiso, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024. He was born August 31, 1928, in Corbin, KY to the late Richard and Ollie (Whitehead) Belcher. Richard proudly served in the US Air Force in WWII from 1944-1945. He made his career as the first Steel Coordinator for US Steel, working for 33 years and retiring in 1989. Richard was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Valparaiso and Scottish Rite of South Bend. He enjoyed cutting his grass and keeping his yard meticulously maintained. Richard will be dearly missed.
On August 28, 1946, he married Jean Dobson, who preceded him in death in 2020. He is survived by their son, Larry Eugene (Linda Jean) Belcher of Portage; granddaughters: Elizabeth (Rex) Parks and Christine (Ray) Parker; great grandsons: Dr. Zach (Emily) Messina and Riley Parker. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 5 sisters.
A visitation will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Entombment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dunes Hospice.


Papoo… I miss our nightly calls, visits and you so very much already! I know you know I was with you as you peacefully took your last breath and that Granny and Bella were waiting for you. I am at peace as I think about the beautiful reunion in Heaven that took place when you seen here and everyone else. I already feel you and Granny’s presence watching over me here on earth and I know you both are OK. I’m going to be OK here too and like I told you, I will see you again in my time! Love you! -Elizabeth Parks 

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