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:  
Wife:          Dorothy
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

Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home