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James Edward Belling

James Edward Belling, 65, died Feb. 15, 2009, at the Signature Hospice House near Portland, Ore.

James was born June 3, 1943, in Seattle, to John and Dorothy Belling. He grew up on Bainbridge Island on the shores of the Puget Sound. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1961, received an associate of science degree from Olympic Community College, and received a bachelor of music degree from the Cornish College of the Arts.

James served in U.S. Army intelligence.



He lived mostly in the Northwest, New Mexico for a brief period, and the last several years in Glenwood Springs.

James was married to Margaret Houck from 1971-95, and they had four children.



His work spanned from fisherman to home building and design. He was good with a fishing pole, a hammer and a computer.

He was an active musician, rarely seen without a guitar in hand. He sang in the Aspen Chorale, and in barbershop quartet groups. One of his greatest accomplishments was composing a symphony that was performed by the Symphony in the Valley in Carbondale in 1997.

Some of his favorite hobbies were participating in his family heritage of boating and fishing, and nature and camping. James also had a passion for health food and poetry, and was a very spiritual man who loved learning about truth and the mysteries of life. He spent years as an instructor of meditation.

Survivors include brothers David and Richard; sister Beverly; children Melanie, Jennifer, Rachel and Daniel; grandchildren Sarah, Ashley, Thomas, Hope, Justin, Emily and Beau.

A celebration in honor of James Belling will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, at First United Methodist Church annex, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs.


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