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Clyde Arthur "Bud" Bell


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Clyde Arthur "Bud" Bell Obituary
CLYDE ARTHUR "BUD" BELL, 90, passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on August 16, 2016, in Riverside, Califomia. He was born March 7, 1926 in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he spent the earliest years of his life. He voluntarily joined the U.S. Army in 1944 serving as a corporal under General George S. Patton in the Third Army in the European Theater including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star before he was discharged in 1946. He moved to Riverside, California in 1949 where he worked as a sheet metal mechanic for over twenty years. He later owned and operated Bell's Service Station at the corner of Mission Blvd. and Opal Street in Rubidoux from 1964 to 1983. He resumed sheet metal work until retiring in 1991. Bud particularly enjoyed horses and restoring antique automobiles including WWII Jeeps. Bud owned and flew his own airplane for over forty years. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1; and as a member, he participated in the Young Eagles program giving over 850 students a free ride in his airplane to introduce them to the field of general aviation. He was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Vehicle Preservation Association, 94th Infantry Division Association, Antique Aircraft Association and a Charter Member of the WWII Museum in New Orleans. Bud displayed one of his restored WWll Jeeps at the Patton Museum in Chiriaco Summit, California, He was selected as Volunteer of the Year at Flabob Airport in Rubidoux in 2000 and received the Community Service Award at a special ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall in Rubidoux, California in 2008. For his service during WWll, Bud received an award from the government of Czechoslovakia as well as France's highest award, the Legion of Honor Medal. He is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Joyce Bell of Riverside; sons Gary Bell, Steve Bell and Tregg Brown, all of Riverside; a daughter Karina Anderlik of Leawood, Kansas; grandsons Robert Bell of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Richard Bell of Riverside; granddaughter, Jaida Anderlik and grandsons Jason, Evan and Easton Anderlik of Leawood, Kansas; great-grandson, Ethan Bell of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Shirley Dahmen of Riverview, Florida; his son, Curtis Bell, predeceased him in 1985. Memorial Services will be on Friday, August 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Tom Wathen Center, Pilot Grant Program, Flabob Airport, 4130 Mennes Avenue, Riverside, CA 92509. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071. Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 21, 2016
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