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Bramuel “Hayes” Belcher

Hayes passed away peacefully Sunday, August 19, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Otsego.

He was born in Moberly, Missouri, the son of Bramuel and Ethel (Munden) Belcher. Hayes proudly served his country in the US Marines. He had owned and operated Belcher Welding until his retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, being outside watching nature, working in his vegetable and flower gardens and doing yard work.

Hayes loved his country and enjoyed participating in many parades with the Marine Corp. For many years he volunteered his time driving veterans to the VA Hospital in Battle Creek. He was a member of the DAV, Kalamazoo Detachment Marine Corps League, Military Order of Purple Heart, VFW, American Legion, NRA and the AMVETS.

Hayes married Virginia “Ginny” Williams in Kalamazoo and they spent 58 wonderful years together.

Surviving are his wife; children, Dave (Gail) Perrin of Colorado, Dan (Sally) Perrin of Kalamazoo, Linda Perrin of Florida, Carol Dykstra of Plainwell, Steven (Rene) Belcher of Vicksburg and Bruce (Jan) Belcher of Canada; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and several cousins including a special cousin, JoAnn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Hayes’ family from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 A.M., Friday, August 24, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Hayes may be made to the U.S. Marine Corp League or to

Wings of Hope Hospice in Allegan.

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Tammy Leonard

August 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

So sorry for all the family.


Ken and Toni Coburn

August 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

I’m sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Thoughts are with you at this time.


Shelly, Allen &Mattie Reynolds

August 20, 2018 at 5:51 pm

So very sorry for your loss. With love.


Jeff & Cheryl Taylor

August 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Cheryl & I are so sorry to hear that Belch passed and our prayers & thoughts are with Ginny and kids. We have many good memories of Ginny’s time with us and the things Belch did more than once to help us with cars and other projects. He was a warm & special man.


Carolyn Jordan

August 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Hayes was an amazing, talented, intelligent, kindhearted man. A master welder, a teacher, a friend. Many prayers of comfort & peace to his family. I met him many years ago when he did some welding for my mother & me.


Rick & Kelley DePauw

August 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm

So sorry, our prayers go out to the family


Bruce Belcher

August 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm

There are no words that I can to Express my sadness that my father has passed. He always enjoyed nature and spirit with nature, he gave me this gift in the short time I have been here.. when I look back on his life I see he raised an wonderful family and no matter how far we were away from each other it was always wonderful to be back home with you and ma.. Dad through out my life I have always looked for you as you did for me and through that search I have final found our family… Your passing will be sadness to us all but knowing you you would not like to see us sad for too long as you enjoyed life we must enjoy ours as long as we are here… Fair well Father may your bow be accurate and may you have all the food you need for your family in the after life as I know you are surrounded by our ancestors.. I close in saying I will do what i said to you the last we spoke may the wind be at your back and happiness still fill your heart.. Nothing but LOVE on BOTH SIDES OF YOUR JOURNEY…. Nothing but Love for you Forever and Ever Amen.. Your Son Bruce Ian Belcher and well as Little Belcher… you were the only one who could and did put a smile on her husband’s face…. Good By Father ( Dad )


Jim & Tammy Thompson Drake

August 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm

So very sorry, Prayers for all of you!


Tammy Lutes

August 21, 2018 at 5:25 am

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all.


Rick and Mary Howrigon

August 21, 2018 at 7:57 am

So very sorry for your loss. Many Happy memories of him.He was truly

a Great Man.

RIP “Belcher”


Bev VanDyken

August 21, 2018 at 10:48 am


I am so sorry for your loss. Belcher was a great guy & I have MANY fond memories of him!!

May the peace of God rest in your heart, as you go thru these days of adjustment & sorrow. Know that you are loved & in the prayers of many!!

With love,

Bev VanDyken


NanLee Palmatier

August 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Ginny, my heart goes out to you at this time. How sad for you and your family. Covering you in prayer.


Rose Randall

August 21, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Hayes is home and at peace. Prayers for the healing of his loving family. Hayes will be greatly missed.


Betty Gehring

August 23, 2018 at 10:51 am

Ginny, I am so sorry to hear of Belchers passing. Tom is absolutely devastated, as he always considered Belch a “father”. Thank you for taking Tom into your family. Much love to you all. Praying for heart healing.


Marchien Marshall

August 24, 2018 at 4:59 am

Ginny, so sorry for your loss.


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