Dr. Monti Belot, Jr.
The funeral service for Dr. Monti L. Belot, Jr., 96, Lawrence, KS, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Military graveside services will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. He died on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence.
He was born on August 23, 1913 in Clyde, KS, the son of Dr. Monti Belot, Sr. and Anna Ellvin Belot. His early education was at St. John’s Military Academy in Salina and he later graduated from Clyde High School in Clyde, KS.
Dr. Belot received a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Kansas. He graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1940.
After graduating, Dr. Belot served in the U.S. Army as a physician during World War II. He first served in Alaska and then later in England & France during the D-Day invasion. While in Alaska, he was a physician during the construction of the Alaskan highway, which was built by the military. He was discharged from the Army after the war as an Army Major.
Dr. Belot came to Lawrence and began private practice as an internal medicine physician in 1945. He served as chief of staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1948 and 1973. He practiced in Lawrence until March 31, 1998, when he retired at the age of 85.
In 1969, he along with four other individuals, founded and incorporated the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. It continues today as a primary funding source for private gifts and financial support for the hospital. In 1992, he received an award from them for his continued service.
Dr. Belot was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, the Fortnightly Club and was the oldest living member of the Lawrence Country Club. He was a former member of the Kansas Medical Society as well as the Douglas County Medical Society. He was elected president of the nine-county Kaw Valley Heart Association in May 1957, and president of the Kansas Heart Association in May 1963. He was President of the Kansas Heart Association in May 1963.
He married Martha Allen Cameron on March 1, 1941 in Lawrence. She preceded him in death on August 13, 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary (husband, Craig) Jarrett, Irmo, South Carolina, two sons; Monti L. Belot III (wife, Karen), Wichita, KS, Allen C. Belot (fiancée Darlene Harrell) Lawrence, KS, ten grandchildren (Mark Belot, Ellen Roggemann, Lindsay Vail, Andy Belot, Katy Belot, Tom Belot, Kyle Jarrett, Alex Belot, Drew Jarrett, & Martha Belot) and two great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the LMH Endowment Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Dear Belot family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was a good guy. Hope all of the good memories come back to you and the smiles overwhelm the tears.
Sincerely,Susan Gillahan Hall
My condolences to Dr. Belot’s family and friends. We were neighbors for many years. He was always cordial and friendly. I remember he would make a special deal of Halloween, taking Polaroids of the kids in their costumes, and he was gracious enough to give some of his time to my older son who was doing an oral history project on WWII veterans. He was, by all accounts, a good man.
Our condolences to the family.
Dear Monti and Karen,
I’m sending love and my sympathy to you and your family at this sad time.
Allen and Darlene, I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
To the memory of Dr. Monti Belot, for his service–“well done.”
To his family, my sympathy, admiration, and respect as his living memorial.
Wesley E. Brown
Our deepest sympathies are with you in these trying times. Our prayers are with you
My condolences to Dr. Belot’s family and especially to Rose, Craig, Kyle, and Drew. We have lost another member of the “Greatest Generation” who by all accounts should be honored for his service to humanity and country. I know you are saddened by his passing but you should take solace in the fact that you were a part of such wonderful man’s life
We are both so sorry. Although we never met Dr. Belot, knowing you Monti we know that he must have been someone very, very special.
Our deepest sympathy to the Belot family. Allen, our thoughts are with you in your time of loss.
Keith Dabney & Douglas County Zoning/Codes staff
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and hope in the Bible’s promise, “Your dead ones will live. . . . They will rise up.” –Isaiah 26:19 The Bible teaches that man was not created by God to die, but death came about as a result of sin, way back in the Garden of Eden. –Romans 5:12. So even though death has afflicted mankind down to our day, God promises to undo the effects of death and even do away with death itself. Please read this for yourself at Revelation 21:3, 4. What a wonderful hope is presented in God’s Word. . . being able to live right here on earth in paradisaic conditions with our loved ones beside us. –Psalms 37:29 It is our hope that reading these scriptures will comfort you during this time of loss.