Obituary of Donald R. Bell
March 18, 1927 - July 19, 2017
Donald R. Bell. Age 90 of Southgate.
Beloved husband of the late Mildred Bell. Loving father of Craig (Tammy) Bell, and Laura (James) Klotz. Dearest grandfather of five.
Our Dad, Don Bell, was born on March 18, 1927, although he told everyone his birthday was March 17. He said he was born early on March 18 so his Dad said that would be his birthday, so it was always celebrated on St. Patty’s Day.
He was in the Army Air Force, Military Police and was a WWII vet. He worked on a sergeant’s vehicles since he was the only one who could fix it, so he was part of the motor pool. He had many stories of his time in Greenland.
When he came home, Dad worked hard to get a house for his Mom. He asked Jimmy Hoffa for a loan to purchase it and Dad said Jimmy told Frank that they had to loan it to him since it was for his Momma! His Mom’s birthday was April Fool’s Day, so he had a lot of stories of the pranks his brother and he played on her. Dad always told a story of his Mom making fish soup and how eyeballs would be looking at him.
Dad loved to shop for deals even if he already had 10 of something. Playing word searches was another favorite pastime and his favorite old Irish joke/saying was “Cheer up things could be worse, so I cheered up, and sure enough things got worse.”
The following is by grandson, Josh: Over the years my grandfather had imparted wisdom upon myself, some intended and some through observation. He always had these phrases he’d refer to as “old Irish sayings.” Whether or not they were old or Irish was irrelevant because often they were not – the important part was the message. Family and love is what is the most important part of life during our time on Earth…
I will end with Dad’s favorite quote: “Always leave them laughing.”