Joe Bello(1925 - 2014)

Joe C. Bello

April 26, 1925 - June 25, 2014

Joe was born in Salem, Oregon in the family home on 21st Street. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son Charles, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Joe is survived by his wife Jean, sons Glenn, Larry and Steven, sister Theresa Ouellette, along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Before joining the service, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp., which was known as the "CCC".

At the age of 16, he joined the Army Aircorp and served in India, where he Flew the Hump. This is where he got his passion for flying. Joe belonged to the Veterans of Underage Military Service, Disabled American Veterans and many other Veterans Organizations.

Upon returning to the States, Joe drove a cab for a short time. Joe got his commercial pilots license in 1946, and started working for Ace Flying Service, Farm Air and Kreitzberg doing Crop Dusting in Oregon and Canada.

Joe had many interests. He started his own business building Micro Wave Towers where he traveled the United States and several countries installing the towers. He also started Bello Steel Warehouse, and later turned the business over to his sons which is now Airport Steel. In the 70's Joe sponsored Layton and Bello Boxing clubs. He also started Bello Bail Bonds.

He also had the pleasure of helping transport the World Famous "Spruce Goose" from Portland to its present home at the Evergreen Aviation Air Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

Joe's Celebration of Life will be at the Salem Elks, at 2336 Turner Road, Salem, Or on July 20, 2014 between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00 pm. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Funeral Home

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301
(503) 3642257

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 13, 2014