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Fred O. Bell

1927-2013 A Member of the Greatest Generation Fred was born in Bisbee, AZ. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He had a significant military career in the Army, as a Mandarin Chinese linguist, a pilot who flew airplanes and helicopters. He was an instructor, pilot for many years. The Helicopter Square Dance Team was one of the highlights of his military career. He was the team captain in the mid 50's, and the team performed in air shows along the east coast, demonstrating the amazing capabilities of this unique flying machine. Recently, a documentary film has been made of the team's adventures, with Fred as the spoke person. This documentary has won first prize in two film festivals in 2013. If accepted, it will be in the Seattle film festival in the spring. Fred's military career, as an army aviator, took him all over the world, and his post-military career took him to Katmandu, Nepal, 1966-67 and Vientiane, Laos, 1967-1972. He flew in both countries, and became the Director of Flight Operations, for Continental Air Services, in Laos. Fred was a member of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce for many years, and ran the 4th of July parade for 10 years. He was President of the Edmonds Museum for five years, and it was under his watch that the Edmonds Museum's Farmer's Market started. He was a member of the American Legion China Post1, the USO, the Military Officers Assoc. of America, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assoc., the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc., and the NRA. Fred is survived by his wife, Bette; granddaughters, Tara Turner Stoltzmann (Francisco) and Jennifer Wilson (Bruce). He has five grandchildren, William Dolan, Abigail Dolan, Chris Stoltzmann, Annilee Stoltzmann and Mary Kate Stoltzmann, as well as his sister and brother-in-law Kathe and Jack Hall. His mother, Ethel Swanner and his son, David, preceded him in death. Funeral arrangements: January 24, 9:30 a.m. at the Unity Church, 16727 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Lynnwood WA 98037. The internment will be at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA, with full military honors, at 1:15 p.m., on the same day. In lieu of flowers a donation to Wounded Warriors or the USO is asked.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 19, 2014
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