Douglas Rudolph Bell, 88, Villa Ridge, departed this life in Pacific Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.|
Doug was born in Villa Ridge Nov. 8, 1924, the son of Oscar Cleveland Bell and wife Olga Mary, nee Schmitz.
On Aug. 13, 1949, he was united in marriage to Jeanette Margaret Warnebold and one son came to bless this union.
Doug is survived by his wife, Jeanette Bell, Villa Ridge; son, Stephen Bell and wife Joyce, Villa Ridge; three grandchildren, Valarie Bell and fiance Jeff Kriebaum, Johnathan Bell, all of Labadie, and Charles Bell, Villa Ridge; great-granddaughter, Eva Kriebaum, Labadie; two sisters, Evelyn Walters, Washington, and Laura Bell, Villa Ridge; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Olga Bell; two brothers, Donald J. Bell and an infant brother; and three sisters, Mildred Harris, Dorothy "Dottie" Reed and Carol Jean "Carrie" Bell.
Doug was a Christian and lifelong member of Old Bethel Methodist Church, Labadie.
He was proud to have served his country during World War II as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, entering Sept. 29, 1944, and receiving an honorable discharge Oct. 31, 1946.
Doug was a member of Labadie Memorial American Legion Post 565 as well as being a 33rd Degree Mason and member of Gray Summit Lodge 173 A.F. and A.M. He also was a member of the Master of the Royal Secret of the 32 Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Villa Ridge.
Doug's passion was farming, having raised both cattle and horses. In younger years, he was employed as the manager at Powell Lumber Company and later worked for Pacific Lumber Company, Pacific. Doug was an entrepreneur and had owned and managed rental property throughout his life.
He enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, including hunting, fishing and traveling, and was an avid reader. Doug was a family man at heart and nothing meant more to him than the time spent with his family. The many wonderful memories that have been created will be treasured by them all forever.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Old Bethel Methodist Church, Labadie, with the Rev. Ann Wathum officiating.
Interment with full military honors was held in the Bethel Cemetery, Labadie.
Memorials to Old Bethel Methodist Church, Labadie, are preferred.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in www.emissourian.com/ on Nov. 14, 2012