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Leonard "Bud" Belt

November 6, 1923 — December 5, 2021

The world lost a remarkable man Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1 month after his 98th birthday. He recently lost the love of his life Lu, they would have celebrated 80 years of marriage in January. In 1943 he joined the United States Army, leaving 2 days after he got married and served in the European Theatre. Upon returning from service, he went back to work for Union Pacific Fruit Express at the ice docks in Council Bluffs, Iowa until retiring in 1968. He also ran Leonard's TV service to the late 90's. If you were lucky enough to know Bud, he was kind hearted, generous and a hard worker and he played as hard as he worked. He could build and fix anything and he wouldn't give up until it was done right. His passions were family, boating, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycles, stain glass, dancing, golfing and making Lu happy.

His family was everything to him. He was preceded in death by wife, Lulu Belt; parents, Walter and Marie (Wright) Belt; siblings, Lloyd, Bob and Maxine; son in-law, Gary Butterbaugh.

Leonard is survived by daughters, Kathy Butterbaugh and Teri "Jeanne" (Terry) Bowman; grandchildren, Lisa, Jay, Stacy, Tiffany, Ian; great grandchildren, Nolan, Carter, Isa, Liam and Mila; many family and friends.

We will miss you but you will remain in our hearts forever. WALTZ ACROSS HEAVEN CAPT'N BITCHIN'. WE LOVE YOU.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Hoy Kilnoski Funeral Home on Friday, December 10, 2021

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 2, 716 S. 4th St, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.


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Friday, December 10, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory

1221 North 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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