JOHN BELGARDE JR.
John Belgarde Jr. age 57 of Belcourt, died Monday in a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Louis Cemetery also of Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the Church.
John was born on August 30, 1954 to John and Margaret (Gillis) Belgarde in Heidelberg, Germany. He attended various schools throughout Germany, Korea and the United States. He graduated from Wayzata Senior High School in Minneapolis, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota, East Grand Forks Technical College and the Turtle Mountain Community College.
John worked as a professional over the roads semi-truck driver for several years. He then went to work for the BIA and later on Ojibwa Indian School.
John enjoyed hunting geese, fishing, snow skiing and riding Harley motorcycles. He often attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. He was an avid history buff, particularily about the history of WWII in the Pacific. He adored his pet dogs and cats.
John was very traditional and enjoyed attending Powwows and was very proud of being a pipe carrier and participant of the Sun Dance Circle.
He is survived by a daughter, Tina Belgarde of Phoenix, Az; son, John P. Belgarde III of Seattle, WA and Harley (Belgarde) Tacan of Brandon, MB; parents, John and Margaret (Gillis) Belgarde of Dunseith; brother, Mark R. Belgarde of Plymouth, MN; sister, Pam Belgarde of Cloquet, MN; and a nephew Maurice P. Smith II of Cloquet, MN and many extended family members