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Richard Lee Bell, 75, of the Hillsboro and Houghton communities passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at his home.
Richard was born on February 27, 1944, in Mount Ayr, IA the son of Harold Raymond and Pauline Long Bell. In his youth he was a member of the Baptist Youth Fellowship in Delphos, IA and was a Boy Scout. He graduated from the Mount Ayr Community Schools in 1963. Richard went on to serve his country in the United States Army. After his discharge Richard accepted the Lord as his Savior on February 8, 1968. While working at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown as a security guard he met the love of his life Cheryl Diane Van Winkle. They were united in marriage on April 20, 1969, at Burlington. He went on to graduate from Baptist Bible College and Willard G. Graff Technical School in Springfield, MO in 1975. Richard worked as a firefighter out west, as a welder, a factory worker, janitor and retired from the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. He was a member of the Bonaparte Baptist Church, T.O.P.S., Burlington and the former Rhythm Rockers in Mt. Pleasant. He enjoyed visiting libraries, particularly the Burlington Public Library.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Houghton, his sons, John Lewis Bell, Mark and his wife Courtney Bell and their children, Samuel Gaylan Bell, Clara Jo Rylee Bell all of Burlington, his sister-in-law, Jane Bell of Atlantic, his brother-in-law, Roland Buck, brother-in-law, Rick (Becky) Van Winkle, his sister-in-law, Kathy Van Winkle, along with cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Bell and Pauline Long Bell Wheelen, an infant child, his brother, Roger Bell, step-father, Emeral Wheelen, his step-sister, Jane Buck, his brother-in-law, Alan Van Winkle and his father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Hazel Van Winkle.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Mark Bell officiating. Burial was in the Clay Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends called after 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant where the family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Great River Christian School or to the Donnellson Health Center in his memory.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is caring for his arrangements.

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