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Gerald Dean Bell
Gerald Dean Bell, age 87, of Richmond, Utah, passed away October 30, 2021, at Logan Regional Hospital from RSV and pneumonia (unrelated to COVID-19). He died peacefully while surrounded by his family.
Gerald was born on July 8, 1934 in Bristow, Nebraska. At five years old, his family relocated to Cache Valley where he grew up on a dairy farm and attended North Cache High School. Gerald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On November 7, 1958, he married Marva Lee Halverson in the Logan Temple; they were married for more than 55 years and raised three beautiful children in Richmond.
Gerald is remembered as a hard worker who was willing to do any job that needed to be done. His main occupation was iron worker, but his employment history can best be described as a jack of all trades. In addition to iron work, he held many other jobs, including construction worker, building inspector, snow plow driver, and swap meet employee. Gerald never truly retired. Instead, his idea of retirement was finding another job or farming with his son-in-law, Zan.
Gerald enjoyed quality time with his family. In the summer, they spent weekends camping and boating. In the wintertime, they made memories skiing at Beaver Mountain. Gerald had a real talent for growing and preparing food. His famous apple pies (made from apples grown in his backyard), dutch oven fried chicken and potatoes, marinated cucumbers and onions, and homemade sauerkraut will be sorely missed. He loved spending time fishing and instilled this love in his children and grandchildren. Gerald participated in a bowling league and, along with his horse Sonny, was active in the Richmond Horse Club. His other hobbies included golfing, waterskiing, and playing pool at LD’s. Late in life, Gerald and Marva made a second home in Arizona where they enjoyed the mild winter weather and strong friendships with neighbors in their community. Family and friends alike will fondly remember his stubbornness, determination, and loving pride in his work and his family.
Gerald is survived by his daughter Renie (Zan) Harris of Richmond, son J.Dee Bell of Idaho Falls, nine adoring grandchildren, and 18.5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his older brother Don Bell of Richmond. Gerald was preceded in death by his loving wife Marva, oldest son Gary Dean Bell, parents George and Emma Bell, and siblings Harry Bell, Ramona Glauser, and Loyd Bell.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 12 p.m. in the Richmond 4th Ward LDS Chapel, 150 S. 100 E., Richmond, Utah with Bishop Gordon Palmer conducting. Friends may come to pay their respects Friday morning from 9:30-11:30 at the church. Interment will be in the Richmond Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
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de car Nov 17 2021 1:32 AM
Gerald is a selfless man with a heart of gold. He talked to anyone with respect and care kindness. Last time i spoke with him he told me he was jogging on his knee replacement, he get up everyday go for a walk along the tail, he once had a cat and some dogs. He spoke of his time in the war how difficult it was. Gerald was always in his yard and garden, gave of his time freely offered me potatos next season. He was a very good man, with Christ like love for everyone. He get his car drive everywere so strong minded, he said going to drive to salt lake to see his brother, Brave. When he had his knee replacement i watched his home make sure he would come back he did. When Ambulance pulled up i knew wasn't good my heart sank, perfectly strong caring man at 87 but 40 years old. Said to myself he jogs walks he will be home soon. Hurts to think he won't be out in his yard or shoveling snow off his roof Gerald you will be soo missed. Thank you for being a friend and caring about me. Gosh i going to miss you and looking over at your home make sure you didn't fall off the roof shoveling snow. With many tears. My husband passed away a day after Gerald, been very difficult. You Are Loved, fly free with the Angels
de car Nov 17 2021 1:29 AM
Mary and I considered Gerald and Marva good friends.
We had many good times together and always enjoyed
Their company. Happy they are back together.
Lynne and Mary Jane Bowen Nov 6 2021 10:21 PM
I haven't known Gerald long but I have loved our fast friendship and love of desserts! I will miss him dearly!!!
Aimee Winmill Nov 3 2021 11:08 PM
My condolences to Gerald's family and friends. Gerald was one of my best friends these past couple of years. I enjoyed chatting with him and hearing all of his stories. I have some wonderful memories with him. Here are a few: He loved fishing and would bring my family freshly caught fish, he hated magpies and would angrily shake his tree branches and yell at them, one time he ran into our mailbox with his riding mower and he patted it and rode away, he would go bowling weekly and he liked to talk about that, and I loved how he made sure to wave at every single person that went by his house. He truly cared about others and always gave service to those around him. One of the last times we spoke, he mentioned Marva again and with such love and he expressed his loneliness of missing her. I'm sure their reunion was beautiful and perfect. I'll cherish the memories of him and I know that his family has another wonderful guardian angel looking out for them.
Kayla Robison Nov 3 2021 11:02 AM
I am so sorry to hear this! We just spent time visiting with him at our grandson's wedding. He seemed so healthy. What a reunion he will have with Marva. I'm sure she was right there to meet him.
Evelyn Andrus Nov 1 2021 11:26 AM