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John Wayne Bell

John Wayne Bell, a long time Lost River resident, 82, passed away in Idaho Falls on May 26, 2019 due to cancer. John was born August 22, 1936 in Darlington, Idaho to John and Lillian Bell.

He attended school in Butte County including several elementary years in a one room building with seven kids, four of whom were relatives. The school houses were up Antelope and on his parent’s farm. He graduated from Butte High School in 1955.

He married his lifelong sweetheart, Eunice Morris, in June of 1956. They were blessed with two children, Vickie Inez and John Kelly Bell.

John worked as a pipe fitter for most of his adult life at the INL Test Site. He was also the Superintendent of Installation for environmental plant clean up processes in Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Washington, California, and Canada.

He enjoyed camping and fishing with friends, particularly up Trail Creek. John was also an avid bowler, pool player, and card shark. John and Eunice spent winters at Wenden, Arizona where they formed many close and lasting friendships. He spent many hours playing cards, golfing, and playing pool. He enjoyed participating in pool tournaments with Arizona friends, while wintering there.

John is survived by his daughter, Vickie Inez (Roy) Helderman, grandchildren: Burke Wayne Helderman and Kolby Wesley Strickland. Ten great grand children, one great great grandson, brother Preston (Kathy) Bell, and sisters; Sharon (Ralph) Halstead, and Shirley Bell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Harold ( Jessie) Bell, a son John Kelly Bell, and granddaughter Cameron Marie Diaz.

A Memorial Service will be held in Arco at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Anderson Family Funeral Home.

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