• Bell Brothers Funeral Home
    Duluth, MN
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Charles Miller Bell 1949 - 2014

Charles Miller Bell

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Dear Charlie,
Our hearts are broken.
Little did we know some 40 years ago, when you and Gary started roofing for the School Board, that you'd be such an important part of our lives. No matter how busy your life was, you always had time for us.
Thank you for; encouraging shy Gary to go to college and then join the fraternity (I think), for supporting our marriage as groomsman, keeping us on task as we toured Germany, giving Grandma Helen and Grandma Marge so much attention, that they were thrilled when you'd show up at the cabin, supporting and loving our children, introducing us to the bean bag game, now the biggest asset at the cabin, and for the 40+ years of memories in between.
We will miss you so much but know you will live on in those 3 beautiful children you raised. It's no wonder why you were so proud of them. Ya did good, Charlie.
We promise to do our best to help Carol through this, but if your bond hadn't been so strong, this wouldn't be so hard. It will be a tough summer without your Sunday morning coffee and rolls as you'd park that new beauty on your private patio parking lot.
In the words of our favorites, K.D. and Roy " We've been cry-y-y-y-ing over you".
With love always, The Gary Gundry Family
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Charlie once told me, "The longer we live the more we face the death of our friends and family. That's life." I feel blessed to have had Charlie for a dear friend these past 14 years and will try to live my life by his example.
His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Dear Bell Family,

Charlie was a very good friend of my mother, Kay Kleffman. It was so many years ago and I don't remember for sure, but I believe they initially met through the Duluth Chamber of Commerce. My mother was actually the first paid employee hired to increase Chamber membership. Charlie and my mother developed a friendship that lasted for many years. Kay passed away from cancer, eight years ago March 1st.

Charlie was already retired from Bell Brothers but stepped in to help me with my mother's passing. I believe she made Charlie promise her that he would help me and I am so thankful she did and that Charlie was a man of his word. That in itself can be hard to find these days. Charlie took over from the start. Even before my mother passed, Charlie was there for her and I. He visited Kay when he could and checked in with me often. Charlie was actually out of town when my mother left this planet. He found out from brother Frank and came back to town and took over. I had some different ideas on how I wanted things done and Charlie let me go with it and helped me get it done. My mother's life celebration was everything I wanted it to be and that would not have happened without Charlie. But not only did Charlie orchestrate my mother's service, he helped me bury her.

My father had passed when I was a young girl and was buried in Montgomery, MN. My mother's wish was to be cremated, so with Charlie's council, I decided to bury her ashes in my father's grave. Charlie took care of that too. Bringing my mother's vault down and picking me up at my home in Plymouth.

I had decided to have a small graveside ceremony with my father's side of the family at the cemetery, as they did not make it to Duluth. Montgomery is a very rural area and Charlie and I got lost trying to find the cemetery. I was panicking and Charlie was the calm rock assuring me we would get there, which we did. It was a very cold, rainy day. My family was waiting for us with umbrella's and parkas. Charlie held a little service with prayer for us graveside. When the rest of my family went to shelter, Charlie stayed out with me as long as I needed, which was awhile. Finally, we had to lower the vault into the open grave. Even with sorrow, a comedic minute can sneak in. It was so wet and muddy, I held onto Charlie's trench coat as he was completely bent over the open grave trying to accomplish this task. I slipped and we came very close to toppling into that grave ourselves. But, we didn't and Charlie got it done.

Charlie took me by a military school he had attended down in that area on the drive home. I have spoken to him a couple of times since but that was the last time I saw Charlie. I will never forget that day or what he did for me during that difficult time. Ever.

For some reason unknown to us, Charlie's time on this planet was cut short too, at least for everyone that knew him. We lost a good man. But I know he is not feeling that, only we are. I can imagine my mother and Charlie will now be having coffee again, talking together about their families and what can be done better for Duluth.

My deepest sympathy,
Debbi Carlon
Saturday, March 01, 2014
God said, "Charlie, take my hand and we will ride our bikes together."
James S. Larson, Biker and Funeral Director.
Friday, February 28, 2014
We were sad and shocked to hear about the huge loss of Charlie Bell. My son Chris West and Charlie Jr (Chuck) have been friends for many years. Charlie Sr was a wonderful person and did a lot for Western Duluth, his family,his friends,his neighbors and his church. Our deepest sympathy goes out to
the Bell family. Nancy and Sid Bruhjell Duluth and Alamo, TX
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