Silver wings shining in the sunlight
Roaring engines headed somewhere in flight
There taking you away and leaving us lonely
Silver wings slowly fading out of sight.
Our beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, John Robert “Bob” Bell took one last airplane ride as he slipped into eternity on September 6, 2021 at Davis Medical Center in Layton, Utah.
Bob was born on September 19, 1952 in Evanston, Wyoming to John Morris “Jack” Bell and JoAnn (Vernon) Bell. He attended schools in Randolph, Utah and graduated from South Rich High School in May 1970.
He attended Weber State College in Ogden, Utah and was a member of their rodeo team riding bareback. After a year of college, he was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Alberta Saskatchewan Mission.
Upon his return from his mission he married RaeNell McLean. They are the parents of three children; Jamie Lynn, Shane Robert and Jessica Rae.
They were later divorced.
Bob worked at various jobs through his life including operating equipment at the mines. He could run any piece of equipment there was and had the mechanical knowledge to repair pretty much anything. He also raised mink for some time and sold with the Vernon group. He loved to trap, hunt and fish and was an excellent marksman. He loved to snowmobile and if you ever tried following him once you learned never to do it again.
Bob loved flying and decided he wanted to try his hand at it. He built two weed hoppers which he taught himself how to fly. He then moved on to getting his pilot’s license and bought his own plane. He loved buzzing his mom and dad’s house whenever he flew over Randolph.
He moved to Greybull, Wyoming for a time and married Victoria Hehn. They were later divorced.
After Bob retired, he moved back home to Randolph and he and his Dad kept each other company and looked out for each other.
He is survived by his children; Jamie Chapman, Shane (Amanda) and Jessica (John) Herrera and six grandchildren that he adored. He is also survived by his brothers; Vernon (Sherrie), Brian (Anelisa) and sisters; Betty Jo (Perry) Norris and Lorri (Raymond) Frandsen and many nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; Jack and JoAnn Bell, his infant sister; Dora Lee, his paternal grandparents; Wilford and Helen Bell, his maternal grandparents; Joe and Grace Vernon and a nephew Kade Bell.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Randolph LDS Ward Chapel. There will be a viewing on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow the service in the Randolph Cemetery.
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