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Donald Lee Bellanger


Donald Lee Bellanger, 64, of Cass Lake, MN, started his journey ahead of his loved ones peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Minneapolis. He was born on December 29, 1947 in Cass Lake, MN the son of Edward and Irene (Wilson) Bellanger.

Donald thrived on working with the youth for over forty years and enjoyed coaching basket ball and taking care of them every opportunity he could. He would always try to teach the kids values and respect. He would take his kids all over the United States to get them different experiences. In his younger years he was an exceptional basketball player himself. Donald was very motivated and lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed being with his family especially his grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Benjamin Bellanger and Michael (Bellanger) Wilson, sister; Mary Jane (Wilson) Medrono, special son; Dwayne Lee McFarlane (Bellanger).

He is survived by his significant one; Alvera Reyes, sons; Chris, Clyde, Steven, and Brent Reyes all of Cass Lake, sisters; Beverly Starr, Shirley Stiyer and Darlene (Harding) Bellanger all of Cass Lake, brother; Kenneth Bellanger of Cass Lake, significant granddaughters; Renae Bellanger and Waabigwan Reyes, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A wake service for Donald will begin at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012 and continue until the 11:00 a.m. service on Thursday, December 6 all at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake. Rev. Mark R. Olson will officiate.

Pallbearers for Donald will be Jeremy Ince, Darrell Johnson, Sr., Tom Fairbanks, Shiloh White and Michael Reyes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Henry “Crock” Harper, Blaine Freeman, Harold “Z-Man” Graves, Darrell McFarlane, Donald Cook, Buckwheat Graves and Leech Lake Hoopsters.

Interment will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Cass Lake following the service at the Vet’s building.

Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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