Richard Edger Bell, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Tacoma, Washington.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1929, in Jeffersonville, the sixth child of James and Mary E. Bell. He graduated from Taylor High School, Jeffersonville, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1951.
Richard was a career military man and was honorably discharged in 1975 and retired. His rank was 1st Sgt. E8 #55-138-027 S.S. His tours of duty included Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Germany, and two tours in Vietnam. His awards were Bronze star with Oak leaf cluster, Air medal with oak award, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal and many others. He earned an associate degree from U.T.E.P. in Industrial Management at Ft. Bliss. Texas.
Richard loved fishing and riding his Harley motorcycle. He was also quite fashionable in his suits and dress shoes. After his retirement in the Army, he and his wife resided in Tacoma, WA. Richard was a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist church and was a deacon. He also loved to sing.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Mary E. Bell. Also, he was preceded in death by his siblings Willie Owens, Helen Brown, Dorothy Spooner, Cara Lewis, Lewis N. Bell Jr., and William Bell.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Bell; daughters Beverly Goins (Larry) of Jeffersonville, Mary Bethel (Hayward) of Austin, Texas; sister-in-laws Mary Jo Bell, Norma Broomfield, Betty Mann and Donna Bacon; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Published on March 2, 2018