Patrolman Ivan Belka
Patrolman Ivan Belka died on August 18, 1951, at the age of 38. He died from injuries when a vehicle failed to yield to Trooper Belka's patrol vehicle. At the time of his death, Patrolman Belka had served 8-1/2 years with the Washington State Patrol.
Patrolman Belka had one son, Ronald, who was only 14 at the time of his father's death. At the time, Patrolman Belka lived in Colville, and was going into Spokane to get the radio in his patrol car fixed. He had promised to take Ronald with him. When Ronald awoke the next day, excited to ride into town with his dad, he found that his dad had left without him. Ronald waited all day for his dad to return; only to find out he would never be coming home.
Ronald passed away on December 14, 2009. Ronald and his wife, Barbara, had four children (Ronda; Ron Belka, Jr.; Avery; and Aaron). Aaron Belka passed away at the age of 41 in 2015. Ronda, Ron Jr., and Avery live in California.
Please take a moment to remember Patrolman Ivan Belka and his family.