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David Russell Bellar Sr.

June 13, 1939 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 81)


David Russell Bellar SR, 81, of Springfield passed away peacefully at his home while holding the hands of his family, December 22, 2020.  He was born in Smith County Tennessee on June 13, 1939.  He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia and Russell Bellar and a brother Bryan Bellar.

David and his wife Jane, moved to Springfield in 1963 to begin his career with UNARCO, where he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement in 1998.  In his very joy-filled life David served his community in many ways.  He was a sincerely true man of God who loved everyone.  Springfield Baptist Church enriched his spiritual soul where he served as a long time Deacon as well as Chairman of the Deacons and Sunday school teacher.  His devotion to God and his Church were unwavering and we know there was a celebration when he met his Savior in Heaven.

David’s other services and organizational contributions to the community included being a 50+ Year Member of Western Star Masonic Lodge #9 in Springfield and a Shriner, Past President of Kiwanis Club, Past President Chamber of Commerce, Playground 2000, Past President of Springfield Country Club and was instrumental in the building of the YMCA where he was a past Man of the Year.

In his final professional years he served as the Chairman of the Board for NorthCrest Hospital where he helped oversee many improvements while establishing a solid foundation for a hospital Springfield can be proud of.

David is survived by the love of his life Jane Bellar.  They had just celebrated 60 beautiful years of marriage together on December 16th.  He is also survived by his son, David “Rusty” Bellar Jr, his daughter Regina Bellar Ziegler and husband Kelly Ziegler.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the lights of his eyes.  His Grandson Zack Ziegler and wife Alyssa Ziegler, their children, Nicholas Ziegler and Gia Ziegler and his Beautiful Granddaughters Hannah Ziegler and Rebecca Ziegler all of which brought him pure joy.

The Family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to his Golf buddies who continued supporting and visiting with him while he sat on his porch and watched the game he loved so much.  We feel confident he hit the course in Heaven day 1.  We would also like to include a special thanks to Martin Babb, Randy Davis and Matt Browning for their continued friendship, spiritual and medical support.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Larry Schneider (Posthumously), Wayne Stevens, Jim Robinson, Jerry West, Denny Choate, Bob Smith and Zack Ziegler.

Due to COVID, a very private graveside service will be held for the immediate family only.  We will have a Celebration of his life when we can enjoy being truly together with extended family and friends.    David supported so many various charities.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity that brings you joy.  The gift of giving to others in need will be the perfect tribute to a Man who has meant so much to so many. 



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