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J. Francis "Buck" Bell

AGE: 91 • Dover

J. Francis "Buck" Bell, 91 years of age of Dover died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at his home in Heritage of Dover. Buck was a graduate of Dover High School class of 1943 and a World War II Veteran awarded a purple heart for being wounded in action. Upon his arrival home in 1946, he was honored by the Dover Chamber of Commerce and named "Dover's G.I. Joe". Home from the war, Buck took up the family masonry business. Many brick homes, fireplaces, and other brick work around Dover can be attributed to Buck's handiwork. He shared this expertise with the students at the Kent County Vocational School where he was the first masonry instructor. Buck also worked for the State of Delaware with the Water Pollution Commission for several years, and eventually became a sanitation engineer with the Solid Waste Authority, from which he retired. Buck was a long time member of the People's Church of Dover, singing bass in the choir for many years and performing the work of a deacon. He was an avid musician having played the trumpet for several years and especially appreciated and collected classical music. John Philip Sousa marches and any kind of swing music were also among his favorites. He especially enjoyed singing in barbershop quartets, as well as participating as a member of the Playtex Chorus. Buck was also a practicing Mason, belonging to the Masonic Lodge in Dover. A voracious reader, it was difficult to keep up with his knowledge on a variety of subjects. His hobby for a number of years was sailing a 19 foot Lightning racing boat which he enjoyed navigating on and about the Sassafras River and Chesapeake Bay area. In recent years, Buck branched out into the equestrian world, attending and following his grandson's competitions in stadium jumping with relish.

Buck was predeceased by his wife Faye in May of 2007. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nadine and Rich Tull, grandson R.W. Tull; sister Norma Stoltenberg, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Vernon and Dolly Ingram.

A memorial service will be held at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Rd. Dover, DE on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Heritage of Dover Employee Fund, 1203 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904. Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 2, 2016
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