Wayne Belles

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Wayne Stuart Belles went home to be with his Lord and Savior the morning of January 22, 2016. He died of pancreatic cancer.

He was born to Clarence and Alice Belles on July 17, 1937 in Sedro Woolley, Washington. After graduating from Sedro Woolley High School, he received his Bachelors and Masters in Agronomy from Washington State University and his Doctorate in Plant Physiology from University of Arizona. He married Christine Isaac on October 28, 1972 in Fullerton, California. His interests included gardening, identifying weeds, wood working, camping, fishing, reading mystery novels, and making lattes for anyone and everyone.

Wayne is survived by his wife Christine, his son David Belles (wife Sharon), daughter Valerie Kato (husband Josh), and daughter Charlene Belles. He is also survived by his nieces Susan Kershner-Winkler, Janet Olson, Alice Nelsen, Linda Bernard, and Kay Kershner.

A drop in celebration of his life will be held at the family home on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Memorial donations can be made to The Gideons International, Palouse Land Trust, or Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland.

2 Responses to Wayne Belles

  1. Janet and Richard Shumway says:

    Chris and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. We will miss our great neighbor and know that is trivial in comparison to how deeply you will miss him. We pray for your hearts to be comforted in the assurance that life isn’t over. He fought the good fight. We have found the following excerpt from Benjamin Franklin to his sister-in-law at the death of his brother to be of great comfort. We hope you will too.
    “I condole with you. We have lost a most dear and valued relation. But it is the will of God and nature, that these mortal bodies be laid aside when the soul is to enter into real life. This is rather an embryo state, a preparation for living. A man is not completely born until he is dead. Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals, a new member added to their happy society? Our friend and we were invited abroad on a party of pleasure, which is to last forever. His chair was ready first, and he is gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and know where to find him.”

    Janet and Richard Shumway

  2. Wesley O. Noel says:

    Christine and family
    Please accept my most sincere condolences. Dr. Belles (always will be to me) allowed me to study under his guidance many years ago – seems like yesterday. His gentle tolerance and kind ways are etched among the fond memories of my time at the University of Idaho. Though our paths seldom crossed during our respective careers, we shared a common professional bond. He lives on through you, your children and grandchildren. A very special man indeed……………………..Wesley O. Noel

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