Mr. Bell grew up in Benton County and was a 1949 graduate of Warsaw High School.
lived near Edwards.On Dec. 2, 1952, he
was inducted into the Army, serving overseas in the Korean War.He
was discharged Sept. 21, 1954, and returned to Missouri.He
later moved to a farm home near Windsor, he
was a truck driver working on construction jobs throughout the area.In 1966, he
moved to Sedalia
, where he
owned and operated Bell's
Duraclean Service, installing and cleaning carpets, until 1989.He was a member of the Edwards United Methodist Church and attended services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sedalia.He served as the scout master and scout leader for Sedalia Troop 61 of the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years.He
had been selected to the Order of the Arrow and had received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition for scout leaders presented by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America
was a 30-year member and past president of the Sedalia Sunrise Optimist Club
.He was a volunteer conductor of the Liberty Land Flyer operating the children's train at Liberty Park for several years.