John C. Belt, 68, quality control manager, auto enthusiast


John Clifton Belt, a retired quality control manager and antique auto enthusiast, died of cancer Sunday at Mercy Medical Center. The Manchester resident was 68.

Mr. Belt was born and raised on his family's Reisterstown farm. After graduating in 1955 from Franklin High School, he became a driver for Koontz Creamery Inc. and later was promoted to a position at its Reisterstown Road plant.

In 1970, he became manager of Howard Johnson's ice cream plant on Reisterstown Road, and then spent the last decade of his career, until retiring in 1986, as quality control manager for Morning Star Foods in Frederick.

Mr. Belt, a longtime Manchester resident, maintained a winter home in Sun City Center, Fla.

He enjoyed driving and giving family and friends rides in his 1931 black-and-maroon Model A Ford.

Mr. Belt was an avid fan of the Colts, and after they left Baltimore, he became a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He liked camping, travel, golf and eating crabs, as well as helping family members and friends with home improvement projects.

A Shriner, he was a member locally of Boumi Temple.

Mr. Belt died on the 44th anniversary of his marriage to the former Carole Bossard.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Larissa R. Serrao of Winter Park, Fla., and Leesa Belt-Haglund of Pittsburgh; his mother, Emma Belt of Finksburg; two brothers, George Belt and Robert "Ovie" Belt, both of Reisterstown; six sisters, Anita Armacost of Hampstead, Peggy Brunk of Reisterstown, Eleanor Neeb of Hanover, Pa., Barbara Van Valkenburg of Glenville, Pa., Susan Almario of Sarasota, Fla., and Virginia Kinzer of Westminster; and four grandsons.

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