Bend, Oregon – Lynn E Bell, 85, of Bend, passed away February 29, 2020 at Millview Assisted Living in Bend. A memorial service, with full military honors, will be on Friday, March 6, at 10:00 am, at Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 SW Highway 126, Powell Butte, OR. A private interment will take place at Deschutes Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Bend.
Lynn Ewing Bell was born September 29, 1934, in Hector, Arkansas to Everett and Hallie (Tackett) Bell. As a young child the family moved to Casa Grande, Arizona where Lynn grew up and was educated. After high school, Lynn enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Viet Nam and retiring as a gunnery sergeant with twenty years of service. He married Martha Joy Holmes March 7, 1959, in Winterhaven, CA.
After Lynn’s retirement from the Marine Corps, he worked as a custodian at a school district in California for 10 years before moving to Bend, OR in the late 1970’s. He married Kathleen Bergeron on September 2, 1983, in Rhodendron, CA, making their home in Bend. Lynn worked as a custodian for Central Oregon Community College for twenty years before retiring again. He went on to work for Whispering Winds Retirement Center for a few years before finally fully retiring because of health reasons. Lynn’s favorite activities were fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife of 36 years, Kathleen “Kathy”; a son, Shawn E. Bell of WA; daughters, Jodi (Roger) Rodriquez of CA, Katrina Marie (James) Kessel of Prineville and Katella (Russell) Bahr of Sunriver, OR; 12 grandchildrden and 5 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Billie (Melva) Bell of AZ and George (LaDonna) Bell of MO and sisters, Bettie Cronan and Manervia (Roger) Gribble of MO.
Lynn was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Joy, in 1966, and 9 siblings, Harold, Louis, Birma, Celia, Charles, Everett Jr., Isabelle, Kay and Lavida.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lynn’s name to Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach, 61510 S Highway 97 Ste 100, Bend, OR 97702 or to the Dementia Society at www.dementiasociety.org/donate.
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