Jan. 9, 2009 Lincoln Lancaster County Nebraska, USA
Max Allen Bell of Deshler, the son of Allen and Edith (Knight) Bell was born July 2, 1930, in Strang. He departed this life Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at BryanLGH East in Lincoln at the age of 78 years.
He was baptized March 7, 1943, in the United Methodist Church in Hebron by Pastor Arthur Monkman and confirmed Jan. 27, 1957, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Long Beach, Calif., by Pastor Walter M. Fehner.
Max attended grade school and high school in Hebron. After high school, he worked at Korff Lumber Co. in Hebron. Max joined the U. S. Navy from 1951 to 1956. He was stationed on the USS Passumpsic in California.
Max was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the Deshler American Legion.
He married Lula Mae Poppe on Dec. 26, 1951. This union was blessed with the birth of seven children.
They lived in California for ten years in various cities. While in California, he graduated from Long Beach City College with an associate of arts degree majoring in welding. He was a gifted welder.
He worked for Kermie Nelson, RRR (Richard Reinke Rafters), John Zucker, and also worked at Reinke Mfg. for several years. He eventually opened his own business, Bell's Welding, which caught fire in the late 80's. Max owned the Deshler Drive Inn, which they bought in 1969, and owned until the tornado in 2003. In 1978, they started managing the American Legion Club in Deshler, until it was destroyed in the same tornado of 2003.
Max enjoyed working on race cars with his son Gregory, building model cars and woodworking. He loved going to car races, watching his son, grandsons and granddaughters race. He always enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, playing cards, and visiting with everyone he met.
Max is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lula Mae Bell of Deshler; sons, Bruce Bell of Hebron, Lonnie (Lisa) Bell of Deshler, Douglas (Renell) Bell of Colby, Kan., and Gregory (Sharon) Bell of Deshler; daughters, Melanie (Wayne) Hansen of Hastings, Valerie (Joe) Rush of Lincoln and Tami Horsechief of Deshler; brother, Rex (Alice) Bell of Aurora, Colo., sister, Glee (Roger) Warnke of Lincoln; grandchildren, Shannon, Jeremy, Justin, Heather, Chris, Lonna, Michael, Jordan, Kristin, Breanna, Bruce Jr., Toni, Brandi, Samuel, Joseph, Nick, Josh, Amalynda, Laci, Jessi, Lauren, Morgan, Skylar, Taylor, Ashley, Desiree, and Haley and 28 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were Jan. 12 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Deshler. Officiant was Pastor Brian Francik.
Casket bearers were grandsons, Chris Bell, Jeremy Bell, Justin Bell, William "Nick" Arocho, Joshua Arocho, Samuel Hansen, Joseph Hansen, Skylar Horsechief and Taylor Horsechief.
Organist was Anita Harms. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art."
Burial was at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery at Deshler. Military graveside service was by Deshler American Legion Halfman Post 352.
Memorials are in care of the family.
Deshler Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Hebron Journal-Register on Jan 14, 2009