John Steen Bellerjeau, Jr., known to some as “Bud” died peacefully in Ocala, Florida on January 14, 2020 at the age of 87.
John was born on March 27, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA to John and Florence Bellerjeau. Upon graduation from high school, John enlisted in the Navy in 1952. He received a service medal for his dedication to his country by serving as a part of the Navy’s hurricane hunters.
Upon completion of 4 years of service, he was honorably discharged and married Lila in September of 1956. Living in Florida at the time, John was employed by General Electric as a part of the NASA Gemini and Mercury programs. John and Lila adopted their son John III, and shortly after relocating to Philadelphia, PA., adopted their daughter Renee Caroline.
John returned to Florida in 1973 to eventually work again for GE, this time as part of the Apollo program. At the completion of the Apollo 17, John moved his family to Gautier, MS, where he resided until shortly before his passing. While in MS, John was employed by Litton Industries, which eventually became Northrop Grumman where he served as a systems specialist in the construction of ships manufactured for the United States.
John retired from Northrop Grumman and then dedicated his free time to community service. He was an active member of the Gautier Civitan Club, serving in all officer positions during his time with the organization. John and Lila also enjoyed spending time with their family, and particularly with their grandchildren.
John is preceded in death by his wife Lila (Ford) Bellerjeau, as well as 3 sisters. John is survived by his son, Dr. John Steen Bellerjeau, III of Loxley, AL and daughter, Renee C. Bell of Melrose, FL. He is also survived by his grandson Steen Hopkins Bellerjeau, as well as granddaughters Tyler Nicole Bell and Aidan Brookes Bellerjeau. He is also survived by his sister Vivian Swiggard, and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service is scheduled for January 20, 2020 at 1:00pm at Melrose Cemetery. Chaplain Frank Smith will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to provide dental care for children in Honduras. Checks may be made to: BBCA, 33501 Trinity Wood Drive, Loxley, Alabama 3655. Online donations may be sent thru Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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