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Remembering Shorty

Dave Kastel with the Patriot Guard Riders, stands sentry before the graveside service for Delbert "Shorty" Belton at Greenwood Memorial Terrace today. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany) And: photo essay by Colin Mulvany/SR here.

Natasha Belton struggled to stay calm when a member of the United States Army Area Veterans Honor Guard handed her the American flag that had covered her great-grandfather’s casket. “I tried not to think about it,” Natasha Belton said, clutching the flag to her heart after Delbert “Shorty” Belton’s funeral. “I was trying not to cry. I didn’t know what to do.” Hundreds gathered to honor the life of Delbert Belton at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, where he was buried with full military honors. The air was filled with quiet sobs as Belton’s flag-draped casket was brought to the service by a military guard. Police say Belton was brutally beaten in his car while he waited for a friend near the Eagles Lodge. Belton’s family opted for a closed casket – Bobbie Belton, his daughter-in-law, said the injuries left him unrecognizable/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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