Funeral held for beaten World War II veteran

SPOKANE — Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a World War II veteran who was beaten to death last week in a robbery.

Delbert Belton, 88, was buried with full military honors Thursday at a cemetery in Spokane.

Friends remembered Belton as a kind man who loved to dance, play pool and work on cars. Dozens of American flags flew near his grave and a vocalist sang “We’ll Meet Again.”

Known as “Shorty” because he was barely 5 feet tall, Belton was wounded in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He later worked 30 years at an aluminum factory in Spokane.

Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first degree murder in Belton’s death.

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