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John Michael "Mike" Bell

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BELL, JOHN MICHAEL "MIKE," 56, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Mountain Home, ID.

Born January 18, 1956 to Ed and Betty Bell in Louisville, he attended grade school at St. Pius Elementary School, and St. Xavier High School. He joined the Kentucky National Guard in 1979 and during his 33 years of active military service, flew aircraft such as the RF-4C Phantom II and the F4-G Wild Weasel fighter jets. He later transitioned into becoming one of the first commanding officers for the C-130 Hercules squadron. Mike had a contagious sense of humor and was very humble to be around; possessing traits of kindness, loyalty, determination, goodwill, generosity and above all a positive outlook on life. He was a man of his word and convictions and often spoke with sincerity about the beauty in every sunrise and how blessed he was waking up every day to enjoy "Gods free show." Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father and survived by three children, John, Jason Bell and Heather Bell; brothers, Tom Bell (Jill) and Ed Bell (Carolyn); sister, Theresa Rogers (George); three nieces; five nephews; and special friend, Sally Guaspari.

A viewing will be held 4-7p.m. Thursday at Shaffer-Jensen Memorial Chapel, Payette, ID.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 502 N. 11th St., Payette. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memorial Chapel, Payette.

Condolences may be made to Mike's Family at

Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 9, 2013
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