- Ada, Oklahoma

November 25, 2013

Paul Bell

FRUITA, Colo. —

Graveside services for Paul Albert Bell, 93, of Fruita, Colo., are at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Rosedale Cemetery, Ada. Dr. Roberto Escamilla and the Rev. David Daniel are officiating. The Chickasaw Honor Guard is conducting military honors at the cemetery.

Mr. Bell died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Fruita, Colo. He was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Blanchard to Albert William Bell Jr. and Vivian Barefoot Bell. He and his family lived on the family farm in Newcastle, and he graduated from Newcastle High School. After high school, Mr. Bell enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Quail during World War II. He was captured at Corregidor in the Philippines and later transferred to Japan, where he was a prisoner of war. He was interred for a total of  3 1⁄2 years.

Returning to Oklahoma, he married Bettie Margaret Logsdon on July 28, 1946, at First United Methodist Church in Ada. She died Sept. 10, 2010.

Both Mr. Bell and his wife were both lifelong educators, teaching in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and taught vocational agriculture on the high school and vocational and technical levels. His teams won many Arizona field days and also national championships. 

Survivors include two daughters and their families, Theresa and George Loring of Aurora, Colo., and Jeannie and Jim Fife of Grand Junction, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Freeman (Chock) Bell, Richard (Dick) Bell, Carmen (Sister) Hartman and Jean Elizabeth Mireau.

The family says those who wish may make memorials to Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 W. 34th, Kansas City, MO  64111, 816-756-3390.

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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada