He was born Dec. 5, 1927, as the son of Clem and Anna McCullough Bell. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1945.
He joined the United States Army and served during World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Aug. 13, 1951.
He married Ruby M. Hoffa on July 23, 1946.
He was known for being a hard worker, working two jobs most of his life while helping his father with the family farm. He was employed as a foreman at Arketex Plant No. 3 for many years and also worked at Marion Brick. He then became a postal carrier until his retirement.
He was a founding member of Eastside Christian Church, Brazil.
He enjoyed hunting, boating, traveling, eating out with family and friends and fishing for walleye in Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and brother Darell Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Bell, son Alan E. Bell, daughter Linda M. Lumsdon and husband Jim, Brazil, sister-in-law Mary Lou Bell, Avon, grandchildren Michelle Kibbe and husband Tim, April Bell, Amy Vanatti and husband Charles, and Scott Bell and wife Stacy, great-grandchildren T.J. Kibbe, Dylan Bell, Lindsey Vanatti, Emily Bell, Caleb Vanatti, Ethan Kibbe, Layla Bell, and Luke Vanatti, all of Brazil, and two nieces.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Tony Alstott officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Calcutta Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Burma Christian Mission, in care of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Bitts Jr., PO Box 4074, Terre Haute, 47804, or the St. Jude's Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude's St., Boulder City, Nev., 89005.
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