Kenneth W. Bellis Jr., 58, of Mansfield, Pa., died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa. He was born Dec. 30, 1954, in Sayre, Pa., a son of Kenneth W. Sr., and Mina (Barlow) Bellis. Kenneth was married to Sandi (Brion) Bellis.
He graduated from Tioga Central School in Nichols, N.Y., and was a self-employed farrier. Kenneth drove for EMTA and was employed by Leprino Foods for over 20 years. He was a member of the Twin Tiers Riding Club and the Tioga County Saddle Club. Kenneth was a NASCAR fan; loved spending time with his grandchildren; working in his barn with his horses, riding horses and camping with horses. He worked on rodeos as a pick up man and did team penning. Kenneth was a diehard Yankee Fan. He loved mowing his lawn.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Sandi; his mother, Mina; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth "Buddy" and Dawn Bellis III, of Nichols, N.Y.; a step-son, Cody Garrison of Mansfield, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Kevin House of Blossburg, Pa.; two grandchildren, Kameron House and Kolton Bellis; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary "Pear" Bellis of New York, Tim and Bea Bellis and Shawn and Marlene Bellis of Barton, N.Y.; a sister and brother-in-law, Molly and David Hanville of Spencer, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews and his horse, Zeus, and dogs, Tucker and Grady.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 21, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday, July 22, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Dean Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Kenneth's memory to Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 Rte. 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com