VVA Member Colonel Clarence D. Bell Jr. Dies

Colonel Clarence D. Bell Jr., Esquire of Nottingham Colonel Clarence D. Bell, Jr., Esquire passed away on Monday, December 28, 2015. Born on April 17, 1941 in New Orleans, he was raised in Upland, Pa. “Butch”, as he was known, graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1963 and obtained his J.D. from Temple Law School. Butch served two tours in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” device, the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Butch continued to serve his country honorably, ultimately attaining the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Colonel Bell was a member of VFW Post #845 in Downingtown, Pa. and the American Legion Post #194 in Rising Sun, Md. For many years, he was involved with the Oxford Golden Bears and the Oxford Little League as a coach. He will be remembered for many things, but most of all for being a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Colonel Bell is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (O’Hara) Bell of Nottingham, Pa.; two daughters, Allison Bell Royer (Shannon) of West Chester, Pa. and Christine Mary Bell of Rock Hill, S.C.; one son, Kevin James Bell (Andrea) of Lancaster, Pa.; and eight grandchildren: Lauren, Kate, and Jack Royer; Patrick Boardwine; and Kevin, Emily, Liam, and Natalie Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Senator Clarence D. Bell and Mary James Bell; as well as by his sister, Mary Davenport Bell. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, Pa., where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675. www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com

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