John M. Bell (1917 - 2013)

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John M. Bell, Jr.

John M. Bell, Jr., 96, of Salinas, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013. He was born August 10, 1917 in Donalds, SC, where he was raised on the family's cotton farm.

John joined the Army and eventually worked his way up to the rank of Master Sergeant E-7. He retired after 31½ years of service.

After his retirement, he worked at Moss Landing Laboratory as well as varied construction services.

John was an avid gardener and specialized in growing vegetables. He was always newsworthy and quick to share his viewpoints on local and world events.

He was a member of Veteran Affairs, Disabled American Veterans and the Retired Enlisted Association.

John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte Bell of Salinas; niece, Nancy Laaopez of Monterey; nephew, Larry Lopez of Monterey; sister-in-law, Hedi Lopez of Pacific Grove; and sisters, Nancy Watson and Frankie Watson, both of Donalds, SC.

Memorial donations may be made to the .

At his request, no services will be held.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com

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Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311
Published in The Salinas Californian on Oct. 31, 2013
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