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Robert "Bob" Belmonte

June 11, 1961 ~ February 18, 2021 (age 59)


Robert “Bob” Belmonte, age 59, of Cumming, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, February 18, 2021 at his home.

A public viewing will be held on Wednesday afternoon, February 24th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the O’Leary Celebration of Life Center in Norwalk. 

A visitation with the family present to receive guest will be held on Wednesday evening, February 24th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 1:00 PM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk.  Burial will immediately follow at the Jordan Cemetery in West Des Moines.

The family has requested that those who attend the visitation and/or funeral to please wear casual and comfortable clothing.

Memorial contributions in honor of Bob may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or to Heinz 57 Pet Rescue & Transport in Desoto.  (Links are below.)

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Note:  Due to COVID-19, everyone attending is asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing between households.

Live Stream:  This service will be available for viewing on the O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services Facebook page streaming live at approximately 10 minutes before the service.

Bob's Life Story

Robert "Bob" the son of Robert Charles Belmonte, a Chicago Police Officer and Rose Marie (Hesseltine) Belmonte, a Retired World Champion Woman Wrestler who legalized Women's Wrestling in 7 states, was born June 11, 1961 in Chicago, IL.   Shortly after he was born his parents moved to Des Moines to be near Rose's family.  Here his parents owned and operated several restaurants, lounges and night clubs.  Bob graduated from Dowling High School in 1979.  While in school he was involved with football and basketball.  

Bob worked in his parent's restaurants and businesses where he also performed by singing.  He was well known for singing Elvis, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando and Frank Sinatra.  After the sale of the family restaurants, Bob worked at Friedman Toyota of Des Moines as a salesman; and later for over 35 years at Shelter Insurance in Des Moines where he was referred to as "The Godfather" but nicknamed "Buster".

Bob met Debbie Booth in Des Moines while she attended the  La'James College of Hairstyling.  They were married on January 5, 1985 at St. John Catholic Church in Cumming.  Together they made their home in Cumming and to this union they had a son, Dustin born in 1991.  Bob was an awesome father.  He was always very supportive of Dustin attending all of his extra-curricular activities. Bob and Debbie also enjoyed going to the casino and "just-unwinding" enjoying one another's company.  They would also go to auctions and flea markets; buying, selling and collecting major sports memorabilia.  

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Debbie and son Dustin of Cumming; a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Peggy Booth of Carroll; a nephew, Bret (Sandy) Booth and their children, Kasey and Kaleb; and a niece, Kendra (Jeff) Peterson and their children, Remington and Timberlyn.  He is also survived on the Hesseltine side of the family by a host of relatives, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1985 and his mother in 2001.



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Open Viewing (family not present)
February 24, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

February 24, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Funeral Service
February 25, 2021

1:00 PM
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - Nebraska & Iowa Chapter
9202 West Dodge Road #304 Omaha, NE 68114, Omaha NE 68114
Tel: 1-402-397-2873

A Heinz 57 Pet Rescue & Transport
4002 Ash Street, DeSoto IA 50069
Tel: 1-515-834-1157

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