Rollo Vaun Schell, 91, passed away at his home after a short illness Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. He was born in Jacket, Mo., to Samuel Joshua Schell and Seanie Ellen Hall Schell.
He was an Army combat veteran of WWII assigned to the 2nd infantry corporal division as a light machine gunner in the European Theatre/Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre Ribbon, Combat Infantry Rifle Badge, European African Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon, The Bronze Star Medal and Ribbon with Three Stars for Combat Service in Germany, the fourth highest honor in the Army, which was received 59 years late, the WWII Victory Medal and Ribbon, One Overseas Bar, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Honorable Discharge Patch and Button, Presidential Unit Citation Award, and French Fourger Braded Ribbon given for bravery.
He was well-known in this area as a friend to everyone. He lived for others and all his great-grandchildren lovingly called him "Tiger." He worked at Bear Brand and Munsingwear Hosiery, and was a farmer. He lived and actively worked his 100-acre farm outside of Bentonville on the Little Sugar Creek from 1949 until 2012.
He was a member of Bentonville Church of Christ, and is preceded in death by his wife, Lola Mae Yousey Schell; a son, Larry Schell; three brothers, Samuel Joshua Schell Jr., Orville Schell and Waldo Schell; three sisters, Juanita Coffee, Martha Schell and Nola Hall.
Survivors are a daughter, Sharon Schell of Bentonville; a daughter-in-law, Jeanie Schell of Edmond, Okla.; a sister, Bonita Harris of Bentonville; five grandchildren, William Vaun Rhodes, Rodney Paul Rhodes, Joshua Nathan Schell, Amy Nicole "Nicki" Lee and Natalie Beth Schell; and nine great-grandchildren.
Service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Bentonville Church of Christ.
Visitation is set for Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements are by Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.
In lieu of flowers and to honor the giving spirit of Vaun, the family request you lend a helping hand to someone in need.
Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome.net.
Vaun had the pleasure of going on the Veteran's Honor Flight to Washington DC in the summer of 2011. He was the only one from all of the veterans who could still fit into his uniform. And he proudly wore it !!! He was an amazing Christian man.