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James  Bell

James Edward "Jim" Bell

Wednesday, April 4th, 1951 - Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
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Obituary

James E. Bell, 68, of Independence, IA died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA.

Jim was born on April 4, 1951 in Waverly, IA the son of Charles and Alice G. (Sitts) Bell. He was a 1969 graduate of Independence High School in Independence, IA. He joined the United States Army in 1971 where he served proudly in Turkey until he returned home in 1972 to help his family after his father had an accident on the farm. On November 24, 1974 he married Linda Lee Cherry at the Union Church in Quasqueton, IA. They made their home on his parent’s farm in Independence, IA. In 1977 he received a bachelor’s degree in business from Iowa State University. Jim worked as a Maintenance man for the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office for ten years. He later worked as a custodian for the Independence Community School District for over seventeen years.

He enjoyed reading, and spent many hours lost in a mystery or western novel. Jim also was an avid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and tried to watch any televised sporting event. His family was important to him, and he attended every one of his boys’ basketball games. He was usually found in the opposing teams bleachers making friends.

Jim is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Linda Bell, Independence, IA, his three sons; Andy Bell, Toledo, IA, Nicholas Bell, Independence, IA, and Matt (Larissa) Bell, Independence, IA,, a granddaughter, Reagan Bell, three brothers; Dave (Trina) Bell, Palatine, IL, John Bell, Independence, IA, and Scott (Laurie) Bell, Dubuque, IA, two sisters; Barb Bell, Independence, IA, and Deb Bell, Independence, IA, his mother-in-law, Patricia Cherry, Independence, IA, two brothers-in-law; Lonnie (Tammy) Cherry, Winthrop, IA, and Lee (Michelle) Cherry, Walker, IA, a sister-in-law, Lorie (Kenny) Gericke, Quasqueton, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Alice Bell, a brother Charles Bell, and his father-in-law, Lester Cherry.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday July 27, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, IA, with Rev. Paul Evans presiding. Burial will be held at Wilson Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 8 PM on Friday July 26, 2019 at the Reiff Family Center in Independence, IA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    201 4th Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    201 4th Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Officiant
    Rev. Paul Evans
  • Interment

    Location
    Wilson Cemetery
    Address
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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  • Reception

    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    201 4th Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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Porcia Grover

Posted at 07:28pm
To the entire Bell Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad and difficult time. Jim was a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather, friend, and employee. He will be missed.
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Deb (Hand) Hess

Posted at 04:19pm
Jim and I were two of the kindergartners in Washington #1 country school. We grew up about a mile from each other, and went through the Independence Schools, graduating in 1969. I have visited with him periodically throughout the years, whether at a farm sale or at games and meets at the high school. He was always friendly and made a point of saying hello, even if we weren’t cheering for the same team! He was one of the good guys! He will be missed!
 
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Greg Bozeman Posted at 10:00pm

Dear Jimmy and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We send our deepest sympathy and love to each of you. Love you all, Greg & Kathy Bozeman
JM

Jacquie McTaggart

Posted at 01:02pm
Jim was one of the "friendly" guys. He always had a big smile and took the time to greet anyone and everyone who crossed his path. He will be missed.
SJ

Sue Johnson

Posted at 08:42am
I truly enjoyed talking to Jim during the events that I worked at the school. He was very helpful to us. We just talked to him at the baseball banquet and the softball game. It didn't matter where we were at Jim always stopped to talk to you. Sweet sweet man. Jim will definitely be missed. Danny, Sue, Mitch & Luke Johnson
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Margaret Ownby

Posted at 06:16am
I knew Jim from school. He was always so helpful when Relay for Life was held at high school and when backpacks from the Food Pantry were delivered to school, he was willing to place them in student lockers. Such a sweet, kind man will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to Jim's family.
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