NORMAN — Rod Bellmard, former Burbank resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Norman. He was 87.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City, with Pastor Tom Howard officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.
Rollo James “Rod” Bellmard, the only son of Clarence and Dorothy (Vaught) Bellmard, was born on May 24, 1926, in Hollywood, Calif.
As an infant, he and his family moved to Burbank, Okla., where Rod grew up and attended school. While attending school, Rod had the opportunity to work for the pipeline. He worked for the pipeline until he was drafted in the United States Army on Aug. 29, 1944. Rod served our country during WWII, earning many medals of honor such as the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his bravery. After he was honorably discharged, Rod returned to Burbank.
It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Bonnie Spillman. They were married in the First Christian Church of Ponca City on Oct. 22, 1948, and were blessed with 65 years together. Rod and the love of his life moved to Norman in 1950. It was in Norman that Rod began working for Humpty Dumpty, where he worked as a meat market manager and retired after 35 years of service.
Following retirement, Rod and Bonnie made many wonderful memories traveling to Rockport, Texas, during the winter months. Rod loved fishing and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of the home in Norman; one son, Mike Bellmard and his wife Janice of Broken Arrow; one daughter, Susan Becker and her husband George; two grandchildren, Shawn and his wife Misty of Ft. Worth, Texas and Miranda of Broken Arrow; and three great-grandchilden, Dylan, Landon and Haley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Norman Transcript, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013