In Memory of Eldon Ernest Belstene

Eldon Ernest Belstene
Eldon Ernest Belstene
Born: January 20, 1935
Died: July 2, 2020
Age: 85
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Eldon Ernest Belstene
January 20, 1935 - July 2, 2020
From: Arthur, IA

Eldon Ernest Belstene, age 85, of Arthur, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral Service was held on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. Pastor Bill Crawford officiated. Committal followed in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Eldon Ernest Belstene, the son of Earl and Hazel (Eng) Belstene, was born on January 20, 1935,  in Ida County.  He was baptized and became a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Schaller, Iowa. Eldon grew up on the family farm near Arthur, Iowa and received his education in the Arthur Community School District. 

On August 27, 1961, Eldon was united in marriage to Shirley Graham in the United Presbyterian Church in Schaller, by Reverend Guy Nusbaum. The couple later joined the First Presbyterian Church of Odebolt, Iowa, where Eldon was a past Elder serving on the Session. Eldon farmed most of his life until 1986 and after that he did various jobs. The couple resided on the family farm near Arthur and Eldon lived there until his health deteriorated.

In 2018, Eldon relocated to Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, Iowa where he resided up until present.

Survivors include his wife of almost 59 years, Shirley of Arthur, IA; daughters Barb of Atlantic, IA, Julie of Carroll, IA and Karen of Odebolt, IA; son Keith (Kim) of Thornton, IA; grandchildren: Justin of Carroll, IA, Dylan of Thornton, IA, Hailey of Odebolt, IA, Lucas of Odebolt, IA and Jackson of Thornton, IA; brother-in-law Norman Van Houten of Omaha, NE; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl in 1978 and Hazel in 2013; sisters Audrey (Ron) Steuk and LaVon Van Houten; brothers Larry Belstene and an infant brother; nephews Ron Steuk, Jr. and Bradley Van Houten; father-in-law and mother-in-law Lloyd and Marie Kolbe.



Pastor Bill Crawford


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM
“Shirley, so sorry to hear about Eldon's passing. So sorry I did not hear of this sooner. You will be remembered in my prayers. ”
- Norman VanHouten
Friday, July 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM
“Barb and Family, You have our deepest sympathy on your father's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Linda and Roger”
- Linda and Roger Sleight
Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“So sorry to here about Eldon's passing. We hope your memories of him will help get you through the trying days ahead. Keith & Jill Siebrecht”
- Keith and Jill Siebrect
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Eldon's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. 💔🙏”
- Cindy Vaughn
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“Dear Shirley and family,
My most sincere sympathy for your loss. I wish you peace and strength to get through the difficult days ahead. I hope your children and grandchildren can be with you at this difficult time. Hugs and prayers for you, Deb Steuk. ”
- Deb Steuk
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