John F. Bell, 93, of Sherman passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at the Homestead of Sherman. Arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Sat., Aug. 20, 2011, at 10 a.m. at West Hill Cemetery, Veterans Annex, with Rev. Leland Samuelson officiating and Worshipful Master Jerry Kirby accorded Masonic rites.
John was born Aug. 16, 1918, in Hayden, MO, to Edward and Ella (Cook) Bell. He graduated from Dixon High School in Dixon, MO, in 1937. During his school days, John was a member of the baseball and debate teams as well as taking part in school dramatic productions. World War II
resulted in his spending three years in the South Pacific and participating in thirteen battles, from Australia to Japan. He married Helen Bea Collison on Feb. 24, 1946.
Before going to war, he started work for Frisco Railroad as a telegraph operator in 1940. After WWII he rejoined Frisco, coming to Sherman in 1952 as the General Agent. In 1980, he retired as the last General Agent for Frisco Railroad, which had merged with Burlington Northern. After his retirement, he turned his energies to the flower shop Flowers by Bea, owned by John and his wife Bea.
After selling the shop they travelled for eighteen years spending their summers in Colorado.
A member of the Sherman Rotary Club
since 1952, John was known for his many civic involvements: having served as President of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce, the United Fund, Goodwill Industries and the Texoma Transportation Club. He also held major positions in the Jaycees and the Little League organization. He was a charter member of the Andrew Randell Masonic Lodge. Among his most notable achievements was helping develop the Blalock Industrial Park and create the forerunner of the Texoma Regional Planning Commission.
John was predeceased by his parents, three brothers: Ernie Bell, Bill Bell, and Gene Bell, a sister, Mary Jane Hammock, and a son, James Bell. Survivors include his wife Bea, and a son John C. Bell and wife Judy of Sherman.
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