Kenneth (Kenny) John Belter, 61, of Cass Lake, MN passed away Friday, July 11, at home after a brief struggle with cancer.
Ken was born September 19, 1952, to John and Patricia Belter. He was the second of six children and was the brother, friend, mentor, and protector of them all. Ken grew up in Grand Forks, ND and moved to Bemidji in 1970, continuing to live in the area for the rest of his life.
Ken enjoyed many activities in the great outdoors. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and he rode his BMW across this country and back, and regularly to and from work. Camping with his boys and riding dirt bikes on the trails of northern Minnesota was one of his favorite activities.
Ken was a respected small engine technician serving the Bemidji and Cass Lake areas for 25+ years. He owned and operated a small engine repair business in Cass Lake and was known not only for his outstanding mechanic skills but also as a fair and honest business owner. He kept their equipment running and he also made people smile and laugh with his sense of humor.
Ken is survived by his wife, Susan Belter, three sons from his first marriage, Gabriel, Kieran, and Jesse (Naomi) Belter, his mother, Patricia Belter, five siblings, Katie (Gerald) Geiszler, Susie (Dan) Woodcock, Richard Belter, Carol Belter, Charlie Belter, three grandchildren, Joshua, Genevieve, and Rayne, and their mother, Katie Knutson, also Susan's children Tony Johnson, Loren Boutell, Melanie (Richard) Fott, and his loyal dog, Fergie.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, John Belter, and Ken's first wife, Margaret Carney-Schacker.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 19 at 3:00 PM (with visitation from 1:30-3:00) at Northern Peace Funeral Home, 8381 Lake Land Trail NW, Walker, MN 56484. For information, directions, and to share online condolences visit www.northernpeace.com. Internment of ashes to follow at a later date.