July 27, 1922 ~ July 22, 2013|
Hugh Bell died Monday July 22, 2013 at the age of 90.
He was born in Heiner, Utah July 27, 1922 to Alexander and Isabelle Bell and was the fourth of six boys.
Always a gentleman, he would greet you with a handshake and leave you with a "happy to know you." A lover of chocolate, swimming, bowling, camping, solitaire, reading the newspaper on the internet, emailing his family, friends, and shipmates, word jumbles, coffee, red Lincolns, a good road trip, Navy reunions, and dinners with the family at The Spaghetti Factory.
Hugh had many adages, one of which, "Are you working hard or hardly working?" He was always working hard. At the age of 17 he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Two years later he would enlist in the US Navy. He shipped out February 16, 1942 where he spent 1 ½ years aboard the USS Harris. He then spent the next 2 ½ years aboard the USS Cowell where he served as the ships "Cook-First Class." The USS Cowell was docked in Boston when it became in need of repair. It was during this time that Hugh was given what would be his only five day leave during his 4 years and 24 days of service with the US Navy in World War II; an honor he's always been proud of. After his return he worked for Filtrol Corporation as a boiler maker where he would retire after 25 years. He then went on to spend the next 10 years working for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office as a Bailiff in the Third District Court.
Hugh married the love of his life Ila Aften Peterson November 15, 1947 to whom he was married for 63 years. Together they had three girls: Ilene, Janet (AJ) and Thora (Brooks); four grandchildren Kim, Kenny, Nichole (Troy) and Loni (BJ); along with five great-grandchildren. We will all keep an open ear for those "deer coming down the mountain."
A devoted member of The First Presbyterian Church, a loyal family man, a devoted husband, loving dad and incredible grandpa; sipping coffee from tiny creamer cups, cubed ice-cream, finding the closest parking spot at any cost, long walks and the way you'd carve our Thanksgiving turkey to perfection will be deeply missed but never forgotten. We love you!
Hugh is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Eloise Bell, brother-in-law Duane (Joanne) Peterson, sisters-in-law Gladys (Wilford) Lundskog, Peggy Poor, Carol Christian, Juanita Jensen, and many extended family members and friends.
Proceeded in death by his parents, wife, brothers and many loved ones.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Jeanette and Eric Chidester, Larry Mills, and Hugh's exceptional medical team at the VA. To those at the Canyon Creek Senior Living Facility that truly cared, we thank you.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services immediately following at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 "C" Street in Salt Lake City, Utah followed by military honors at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Camp Williams.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the VA Voluntary Service Office #135, General Post Fund 1033, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84148.
Services under the direction of Aspen Funeral Services (801) 977-0278.
Published in Deseret News from July 27 to July 28, 2013