Harold Jean Bell, 85, of Independence, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Blue Hills Rest Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, 816-252-7900. Burial will follow in Mount Washington Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel.
Harold was born April 29, 1929, in Garnett, Kan., to Wilma and Joe Bell. Joe died 2 months before Harold was born. They moved to Kansas City after his mother married Wallace Kohler Huyett. He attended Benjamin Harrison Grade School and Northeast High School. He started working at Sheffield Steel, later Armco Steel, and worked there until he was called to duty. He served in the U.S. Navy reserve and then the U.S. Army. He was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He was stationed in Fort Benning, Ga., where he met and married Carolyn Parker, a nurse aide in Americus, Ga. He was discharged and they moved back to Kansas City, Mo., where he returned to work at Armco, where he later retired after 37 years. He then worked at the City of Independence and worked as a maintenance electrician for 7 years, then retired again. He was a lifelong member of Fairmount Christian Church.
He leaves his wife Carolyn Bell; 2 daughters, Sandra Jean Bell of Independence, Mo., and Judy Ann Bisacca and husband, Mark, and 1 grandson, Christopher Aaron Bell, all of Lenexa, Kan.; a nephew, Dennis Joe Bell and his wife, Janice, and 3 children of Blue Springs, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Newton Baker Parker of Ideal Ga.; and a host of cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Bell; his mother, Wilma Huyett; his step dad, Wallace Huyett; his brother, Raymond "Junior" Bell; and 2 sisters-in-law, Irene Bell and Shelby Parker.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com.
Published in The Examiner on Aug. 21, 2014