Celebration of life ceremony scheduled for Jim Belden

Hamilton County leaders will be honoring the late councilman and Indiana Football Hall of Fame coach Jim Belden with a celebration of life ceremony Saturday.

Belden died Feb. 14 at age 77 after a battle with cancer.

The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Community College gymnasium, 300 N. 17th St. in Noblesville.

State Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks will lead an awards presentation, and Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger, former U.S. Rep. Dan Burton and Hall of Fame football coach Dick Dullaghan will also pay tribute to Belden.

Belden’s son, Bo Belden, is also expected to speak.

Belden was an all-state fullback at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and an all-conference fullback at Butler University. He started his coaching career at Westfield High School in 1964, according to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

He moved to Noblesville High School in 1967, where he took a struggling program to a prominent one that was twice ranked number one and finished as the state runner-up in 1979. He then moved to Carmel in 1980 where he would take teams to four more state championships—in 1980, 1981, 1986 and 1989—and win them all.

Belden retired in 1996 with a career record of 272-76-2.

A Republican, Belden had served on the Hamilton County Council since 1993.

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