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Michael Bellinger

January 4, 1946 — November 11, 2020

 “We have a lot to be thankful for.” —Mike Bellinger, November 1, 2020


Michael Claude Bellinger, 74, passed away Wednesday, November 11, at St. Joseph Medical Center following a month-long illness (not COVID).


He was born January 4, 1946, in Ames, Iowa, to Carolyn (Kirby) and Leslie C. Bellinger, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Ames High and from Iowa State University. He subsequently earned an MBA from Drake University.


At age 11, Mike became a licensed Amateur Radio Operator (“HAM” call sign KØUAA), an interest that would be lifelong. He earned an Extra Class license, inspired many others to become involved in the hobby, and taught classes to help others obtain their license. Through amateur radio, he volunteered with Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services to provide vital communications backup when normal communications systems fail, notably in severe weather situations. Mike was a trained weather spotter and often served as net control when local weather watches and warnings were issued.


As a member of the Heart of America Radio Club (WØRR), Mike hosted a radio check-in net for hams in the area every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Through this club, Mike recruited local hams to provide communications for Johnson County Parks and Recreation District biathlons and triathlons. Mike served as editor for the monthly HARC Herald newsletter.


A natural adjunct to his ham radio service was volunteerism with the American Red Cross local and regional chapters. Mike was part of the Disaster Services Technology Team, helping to make sure responders had the technology and communications resources needed to successfully provide relief to victims during disasters of any nature (tornadoes, earthquakes, fire, floods, structural collapse, etc.). His work with the Red Cross spanned the last 38 years.


Mike eagerly cheered on the Chiefs, NASCAR and Formula motorsports (favoring local drivers). He appreciated legitimate theater and the symphony, and spending a day at a museum. He loved Motown music and college a cappella, Kansas City barbecue and New England lobster rolls.     


Mike is survived by his wife (and teammate) of 48 years, Beverly, and his beloved daughter, Leah (and Shelley Perlin), numerous cousins, and treasured friends.


Mike’s rich and varied life will be celebrated in a memorial service when it is safe and prudent to do so. Until then, please reflect on your association with Mike and your favorite memory. If inclined, share it on the remembrance pages. His family will treasure it.


If desired, memorials to honor Mike may be made to

ARRL (American Radio Relay League)

American Red Cross

First Lutheran Church

Or to a charity important to your life


Memorial Addresses, Contact info:


Amateur Radio

          American Radio Relay League

          Or mail your check payable to ARRL to:
                   225 Main Street
                   Newington CT 06111-1400

American Red Cross (or local chapter)

          Or mail to:

                    Red Cross Greater Kansas City and Northwest Missouri
                    6601 Winchester Ave., Suite 110 
                    Kansas City, MO 64133


First Lutheran Church

6400 State Line Road

Mission Hills, KS 66208










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Jean Cooper Nov 18 ,2020

Ham radio friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I am sorry for your loss. Mike had been a good friend over many years. He will be missed by many

Ginny and Gary Otteson Nov 19 ,2020

Friends. ,Midway ,Utah

Our deepest condolences go out to Bev, Leah and the entire Bellinger family at this untimely passing of Mike. All of our love to you all.

John Colle Nov 22 ,2020

new acquaintance ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

To Mike's Family, I didn't know Mike, but the photograph in the newspaper inspired me to read more. Mike's red shirt proclaimed American Red Cross. My own Father, Red Colle, was a professional with the A.R.C. for over 50 years. His last position in Colorado was as Director of Disaster Services. I always admired him for the countless rescues he made and families he helped over those years. Likewise, I am in awe of Mike's selfless decades in service to others. He led a special life and will, I'm sure, long be remembered by those whose lives he touched.

Chet Hallberg Nov 22 ,2020

Red Cross, Ham Radio, Radio Club, Public service events ,Prarie Village ,Kansas

Mike the ROCK,he was always in the right place at the right time. The radio community as a whole will mourn the passing of Mike. 73 Mike RIP

Cathy King and CWAC Nov 23 ,2020

Dear Beverly, The Canines With a Cause Crew sends loving thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Cathy & the CWAC Crew