He received a BSE from Central Missouri State College in 1957 and a Master's and PhD in Biology from the University of Miami, Fla. While at Central he was a member of Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity, which later became Theta Chi, and numerous other organizations. He taught at Miami Dade Community College before coming to CMSC in 1965. He was Professor of Biology at CMSU until his retirement in 2000.
He was a member of numerous professional organizations and societies including having served as president of Missouri Academy of Science and the UCM Emeriti Association. He was also a member of the Johnson County Historical Society, Johnson County Democratic Club, the Missouri River Outfitters of the National Santa Fe Trail Association and many wildlife related societies. He was compiler for the Montrose Audubon Christmas Bird count for 45 years and participated in other bird counts annually.
He is survived by his wife Donna, of the home; one son, Jeff Belshe and his wife, Marilyn, of Raytown; and one daughter Rhonda Edmunds and her husband, Rocky, of Warrensburg. Also surviving are his three beloved grandchildren: John and Tommy Belshe, and Riley Edmunds; two brothers, Jerry Belshe and his wife, Sue, of Lenexa, Kan., and Ron Belshe and his wife, June, of Bossier City, La.
He loved to do many things and was always willing to give his time and expertise to others. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and former students, many of which he remained in contact with for years.
A Celebration of Life for John will be held at the Community of Christ Church in Warrensburg on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, with Elder Judy Edmunds officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the service will be at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John Belshe Memorial Biology Scholarship at the University of Central Missouri Foundation.
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