Donald Bell

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Donald Bell, age 96, of Tulsa, Okla. and formally of Storm Lake, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 at the home of his daughter in Tulsa, Okla.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Witter Chapel at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake with Reverend Jerry E. Oakland officiating. Private family inurnment will be in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald John Bell was born April 20, 1914 to John and Martha (Detloff) Bell in Pierce, Neb. Growing up he attended schools in Pierce Nebraska.

Donald spent his early years living and working on the family farm before entering the United States Army, in October of 1941. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division 7th Regiment and was honorably discharged in August of 1943. After his discharge Donald moved to Iowa.

On May 4, 1948 Donald was united in marriage to Verma Tillman in Fort Dodge. This union was blessed with one daughter, Rebecca.

Donald worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for twenty-five years retiring in 1977. After his retirement he and his wife enjoyed their winters in McAllen, Texas. After the death of his wife in 2004, Donald moved to Tulsa to live with his daughter and her family.

Donald was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. He was a member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Donald cherished his time spent with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish in his memory include his daughter, Rebecca (Timothy) Kunz of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren: Melissa Kunz of Tulsa, Okla.; and Andrew Kunz of Tulsa, Okla.; nephew, James Bell of Rapid City, S.D.; extended family and many friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Verma; parents, John and Martha; and sister, Alta.