“Do not cry for me, while my body has expired from pancreatic cancer, I live eternal as my soul has gone to heaven. To all my friends and family, may you continue to be blessed by the Lord and may you be a blessing unto others as you have been to me. Thank you for making my life on earth a great experience. Please celebrate my passing and know that I will be waiting to see you again when you arrive in heaven. – Jon”
On May 24, 2010, Jon Michael Belding earned his wings after 65 years. His younger sister, Susan, was waiting for him when his soul entered into heaven. He was not scared and he was happy to be reunited with his sister. Jon was predeceased by his father, Jonethen Dean “J.D.” Belding; his mother, Edith Elaine Belding; and his sister, Susan Belding Saunders.
Jon was a graduate of Cradock High School, Class of 1962, and attended the University of Richmond before he was drafted into the Army. He was a Vietnam veteran who served from 1967-1968 with the 54th Med. Det. He was a crewchief for UH-1H helicopters as well as an administrative assistant. He won the Bronze Star with “V” for valor during his tour in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the Dustoff Association.