David B. Belden, 76, of Dolgeville, New York, passed away Sunday morning, August 15, 2021 in the comfort of his home with his loving wife and daughter by his side.
He was born on September 22, 1944 in Little Falls, New York and was the son of the late Earle and Helen (Breed) Belden. Dave was educated at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and graduated with the Class of 1964.
On September 8, 1968, Dave was united in marriage to Judith M. Lein at the Dolgeville United Methodist Church. The couple was about to celebrate 53 years of marriage, raising their two children, Renee and Justin in a loving home.
Dave was employed by the Carpenters Union Local #120 for many years. Local projects included the Wind Bridge and the Empire State Plaza, as well as many bridges and construction jobs all over New York State. In 2019, he received an honorary membership into the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America for over 50 years of continuous membership.
He was a long time member of the Dolgeville Athletic Association where he served as vice president and president for several years as well as volunteering to mow the fields so that young athletes could succeed at their various sports. Dave was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Dolgeville Masonic Lodge #796 for many years.
Dave enjoyed spending time on the family property where he raised chickens and delivered eggs to local family and friends. Other interests include helping neighbors, snowplowing, doing word puzzles and reading. He was a master carpenter and enjoyed tinkering and working with wood on his wood lathe, being at the family camp at Spruce Lake, and in his younger years- hunting. His most precious time was spent in the company of his cherished granddaughters. Dave will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy Belden at home; loving daughter, Renee Dyer and her husband, Dean of Adams; two cherished granddaughters, Rhiannon and Arianna Dyer of Adams; sister, Barbara (Belden) Kainz and husband, Richard of Safety Harbor, FL; brother, Robert J. Belden (Jim) and wife, Pat Belden of Schnectady; sisters-in-law, Carol Smith of Schnectady, Joan Lein of Dolgeville and Barbara Lein of Huntsville, AL; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dave was predeceased by his beloved son, Justin D. Belden on November 22, 2017; brothers-in-law, Robert Smith and Ronald Lein; parents, Earle and Helen Belden; and in-laws, Raymond and Rosalyn Lein.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329. A memorial service will immediately follow the calling hours also at the funeral home at 3 p.m. with Pastor Anthony Bradseth officiating. The family is asking anyone wishing to attend the services, to please wear a mask for the services in the funeral home as a courtesy to the family and visitors.
The family would like to thank Pastor Anthony Bradseth, niece Carolyn Smith, family friend Alicia Volo, Movac Ambulance Service, Dr. Haas, and many family and friends who have been caring and supportive of Dave and his family during this difficult time.
Please consider memorial contributions for the Dolgeville Athletic Association, c/o Gail Comstock, 15 Miller's Grove Rd, Dolgeville, NY 13329 and please note in the memo, "In Memory of Dave B. Belden" in order to properly acknowledge the memorial.
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Dolgeville Athletic Association c/o Gail Comstock
15 Miller's Grove Road, Dolgeville NY 13329