IRON RIVER - Merton E. Belongie, 87, of Iron River, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 21, 1925, in Iron River, the son of the late Harvey and Inez (Plier) Belongie. He attended the Iron River Schools, graduating with the Class of 1943. Merton served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart and five Bronze Stars.
He married Margaret Nelson on Nov. 22, 1950, at the First Lutheran Church and the couple made their home in Iron River. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2011.
Merton was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Elks. His favorite pastime was archery.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Belongie of Iron River; a son, Craig Belongie of Marquette; daughters, Patricia Ann (Michael) Hautala of Ramsay, Mich., Barbara Jo (Kurt) Niemi of Marquette, Kathleen Merrow of Portland, Ore. and Kim (Gerald) Johnson of Waukesha, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Belongie.
Private family services will be held.
Merton's favorite poem for his wife was "I wantcha when I'm happy, I wantcha when I'm blue, Even when I'm mad atcha I wantcha yes I do! Whether you are far away, Or near where I can watcha, I wantcha every single day. Gee, I'm glad I gotcha!"
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Merton E. Belongie online at jacobsfuneralhomeir.com
Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.