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John D. "Buck" Bellush

May 22, 1935 — September 28, 2022

John D. “Buck” Bellush, 87, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully at his home on September 28, 2022. He was born on May 22, 1935 in Bedford, Indiana to the late South and Ada (Shields) Bellush. Buck graduated from Bedford High School in 1954. He married his high school sweetheart, Rebecca E. “Becky” May, on June 15, 1963. They were married for 58 years until her death on June 29, 2021.


Buck worked as a planning engineer at Indiana Bell, retiring in 1991 after 32 years of loyal service. He served in the Army National Guard from 1956-1959. He was a longtime member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church where he spent many years coaching CYO basketball. Buck was an avid Indiana University basketball fan and a huge fan of Bob Knight. He adored his grandchildren and never missed the opportunity to attend their sporting events and activities. Over the years, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his home in The Villages, Florida where he liked to play golf and take his grandchildren on golf cart rides.


Buck is survived by his two daughters, Beth Washel and Karen (Mike) Harmon; grandchildren Kailey Washel, Emma, Elaina, and Andrew Harmon; brother Jim (Dianne) Bellush, sisters Johann Klumpp and Jeri (Bill) Anderson; several nieces and nephews, and close friends.


Buck was preceded in death by his wife, Becky, sister, Janet Bellush, brother-in-law, Gus Klumpp, and parents, South and Ada Bellush.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Catholic Youth Organization or St. Barnabas Athletics.


Buck’s Life Celebration® visitation will be on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the chapel at O’Riley - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday in the funeral home with Father Paul Shikany officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Indianapolis. To sign the online guest registry or share a favorite memory of Buck, please visit www.ORileyBranson.com.


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