Allan P. Bellinger
December 8, 1927 - June 15, 2017
Salem - Al Bellinger, 89, died peacefully at his home on June 15, the birthday of his beloved wife Lucy, who died in 2011. Allan will be remembered for his sense of humor and warm friendliness to everyone he encountered.
Al’s brother, best friend, and business partner, Hugh Bellinger, died in January. Together, they ran Bellinger Bros. service stations, Bellinger Reels Inc., and Bellinger Reel Seats, Inc. They were known for calling each other “Brother,” and even employees speaking to one brother would call the other one “Brother” at times.
Allan was born to Allan Parker Bellinger Sr. and Wanda Smith Bellinger, and lived his first five years at the family farm in Scotts Mills. After Allan Sr. died in 1933, Wanda moved her three children to Salem. Wanda managed as a single mother during the Depression. She worked for the Motor Vehicle Department of the State of Oregon for many years. Allan and Hugh worked hard as children, delivering newspapers and prescriptions for Quisenberry’s pharmacy. They delivered “extra” editions of the paper after the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. During high school and college, Allan and Hugh worked for Leslie pool as life guards, and limed football fields for the high school. Most of the money they earned went to the family coffer.
Allan played basketball in junior high and high school, playing on the Salem High basketball team when he was still in junior high school. Allan was teammates with life-long friend, Dick Hendrie.
After graduating from Salem High School 1946, Allan served in the Army in Korea and Japan. While in the Army, Allan sent his paycheck home to his mother. Upon discharge from the Army, Allan enrolled in Willamette University with his brother, Hugh. There, Allan had his eye on Lucy Collins, and finagled a dance with her at a mixer by racing across the gym to claim her shoe. They married in 1948. Finances were tight for the new couple during college, so they worked odd jobs, including cleaning an office building. Allan graduated from Willamette in 1952.
Allan and Hugh went into the service station business in 1957. They became known to many people in state government while operating their service station at the corner of Court and Capitol Streets. Their mother, Wanda, helped with the bookkeeping, and their children helped in the business, pumping gas, parking and washing cars, and with bookkeeping. They retired from the service station business in 1990.
From a young age, Allan had a love for fishing. Many family photos show a beaming Allan displaying a large steelhead. He had many fond memories of fishing with Deb Davis, Jim Perry, and Jerry Walling, to mention a few. Allan loved to work with his hands, so he tied fishing flies and taught himself to make bamboo rods, wood reel seats, and fishing reels. Allan and Hugh successfully sold beautifully hand crafted rods, reels and reel seats all over the world for many years.
Allan is survived by his three children, Jennifer Todd husband Walter, Jeff Bellinger, and Jane Beyer husband Sam. Allan’s four grandchildren are Spencer and Haley Todd, Jacob Bellinger, and Oliva Wick. Allan was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lucy; his brother, Hugh; and his sister, Margaret Putnam.
A celebration of life is set for June 25 at Robert’s Crossing from 2 to 5 p.m. Contributions can be made to the Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties.
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