William Bell | Obituary | Record Eagle
November 4, 1922 – –
March 16, 2021
William “Bill” Daniel Bell, Sr. of Rapid City, died on March 16 in Grand Rapids.
He was born on November 4, 1922 at home in Birmingham to James Renwick and Malvina (Purdy) Bell.
Bill married Elaine Brown. from Cass City on January 14, 1956.
Bill and Elaine celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary together earlier this year just days before Elaine’s death.
Bill is survived by his three children, Dan (Jennifer) Bell from Caledonia, Barbara Bell from Nashville, Tennessee, and Jim (Kelly) Bell from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Danny Bell, Michael Bell, Bobby Bell, Jamie Bell, Mary Albrecht, Brian Bell, Stephanie Bell, David Kirschbaum, and Kim Anh Kirschbaum; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Bell, who was born 10 days before his death.
Before Bill, his sisters Marianna Gibler and Lucille Curry died.
After high school, Bill graduated from Albion College and served in the US Army at the end of World War II.
After serving, Bill worked as an insurance specialist in the greater Detroit area for several years before moving the family to Traverse City in 1972 and eventually finishing a career in the U.S. Postal Service, which retired in 1988.
Bill and Elaine bought a little house on their beloved Torch Lake in 1973.
Bill spent many summers boating, skiing, and sailing on the lake with children and grandchildren.
After their retirement, Bill and Elaine moved into their cabin and wintered in Alabama and Florida before settling in an independent apartment in Grand Rapids.
In their retirement years, Bill and Elaine were members of the Alden Methodist Church in Alden.
Bill loved working with his hands. He had a building permit for many years and used his skills to build a lakeside cottage in Pontiac. finish the family home in Farmington; Renovate and winterize the cottage on Torch Lake. and overtake an investment house in Traverse City.
Bill taught his kids to measure twice, sometimes more, and cut once.
He also taught them the importance of looking after the things they were blessed to own.
To accommodate Bill and Elaine’s requests, services are not currently being held.
A family celebration of life for both of them will take place at a later date.
The arrangements were made by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please register in his online guest book at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Published on March 25, 2021