Robert Bell, 85, of Higginsville, died June 28th at the New Haven Nursing Home in Odessa.
Bob was born January 2, 1932 in rural Higginsville to Leonard and Olivia (Apprill) Bell.
He married Dorothy Covey on September 28, 1957 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Excelsior Springs.
Bob was a proud, dedicated, active farmer. He was involved in, and supported, many aspects of Lafayette County agriculture. Over the years he was a delegate for MFA Oil and MFA Exchange; a member of the Soybean Assn, Corn Growers Assn, Pork Producers Assn; on the Ike Skelton advisory committee; as well as many other agricultural associations. He and Dorothy received the Farm Management Award from the Lafayette County Extension. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served on the Cemetery Committee and sang in the choir. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Bell.
He is survived by:
Sons: Terry Bell of Higginsville
Marty Bell of Higginsville
Steve Bell (Kim) of Higginsville
Daughters: Kathryn Bell of Higginsville
Susan Green of Higginsville
Loretta Burns (Kris) of Blue Springs
Brothers: James Bell (Nancy) of Prairie Village,KS
Sisters: Anita Parker of Leawood, KS
Mary Weber of Louisville, KY
Virginia Graham of Higginsville
12 Grandchildren: Jessica Krummel (Chad) of Odessa
Tera Ernest of Chillicothe
Charla Ashby of Lexington
Elizabeth Meyer of Oak Grove
Chuck Bell of Odessa
JJ Green of Higginsville
Josh Green (Shannon) of Higginsville
Ashley Wagner (Corey) of Concordia
Drs. Mason Bell (Kathryn) of Poplar Bluff
Corbin Bell of Higginsville
Jake Burns (Lauren) of Higginsville
Melissa Burns of Kansas City, MO
20 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place Friday, June 30th at 5:30 pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Higginsville;
Visitation will follow from 6-8 pm
Mass of Christian Burial will be Sat. July 1st at 10:30 am, at the church, officiated by Fr. Tom Hawkins.
Casket Bearers will be JJ Green, Jake Burns, Josh Green, Mason Bell, Chuck Bell, Corbin Bell.
Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery or Church