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Charles Bell Jr. – Metz Mortuary

    Charles (Sonny) Bell Jr.
    Charles George (Sonny) Bell Jr., age 90 of York, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at York.

    He was born Oct. 14, 1924 at Council Bluffs, Iowa to Charles and Gertrude (Minchow) Bell. He went to grade school at Roosevelt School and 7th and 8th grade at Thomas Jefferson School on Ave. B in Council Bluffs.  When the war started he quit school and was sent to Ft. Riley, Kan. for the draft to take his physical. He did not pass and returned to Council Bluffs. He took his physical again in Lincoln and again did not pass. 

    Art Minchow needed help on the farm and Charles moved to Art’s farm near Bradshaw where he lived with Art & Eleanor for many years. Art sold out and Charles moved to Bradshaw and worked for Klute Inc. where he painted truck boxes.

    In July 1968 Charles became Master Mason at Hampton Lodge 245 and in December of 1968 he became a member of the Eastern Star at that lodge.  When the Hampton Lodge closed he transferred to the York Lodge. Later he became a member of the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He married Ruth Klingsman in 1977 and moved to York where he worked for Miller Seed for eleven years.

    He loved his times in the Masons and Shrine where he was a clown in the many parades they were involved in.  He also loved doing wood working in his shop in the basement of their home and having coffee and talking about the years he farmed with Art Minchow.

    Preceding him in death was his wife, Ruth; parents, Charles and Gertrude; brother, Vernon Bell; cousin, Betty Jones and nephew, David Christensen.  Survivors include his sister, Deloris Christensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brother, Arlin Bell and wife Barbara also of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sister-in-law, Phyllis Bell of York and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in York.  Burial will follow at York’s Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Monday at the mortuary. The family will greet friends Monday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the church, York Community Foundation or the York Masonic Lodge.​

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