Daniel “Dan” Bell of Davisville, MO was born on Monday, August 27, 1951, in Steelville, MO to Daniel Roy Kreamalmeyer and Virginia Shockley Bell. He passed away at his residence on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Dan was a lifelong resident of Crawford County. He was raised by his grandparents, Willie and Zelma Bell, whom he called “Mom” and “Dad”. He married Mary Harmon in February of 1971. To this union 5 children were born and 10 years were spent together. He later met the love of his life, Connie Jane Bell. They married on April 22, 1989 and together they raised 8 children.
He worked in the logging industry for years, driving a truck for many of the Crawford County logging companies. He worked for Chester Bryant, Steve Harmon, Larry Conaway, Frank Missey, Danny Harmon, Turnbough Logging, Skip Wishon, and Mike Yocum. He also owned his own logging company at one time.
He was happiest when spending time in the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, back-roading with the boys, or playing baseball and horseshoes. It’s rumored that he might have been known to do a little spotlighting when out road hunting for wildlife. He also enjoyed playing cards and watching westerns on TV. Mainly, he loved visiting with family and spending time with his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Willie and Zelma Bell; parents-in-law Madison and Lucille Calahan; father-in-law Clifton Harmon; special uncle Louie Bell; and sister-in-law Brenda Brown.
Dan is survived by his loving wife Connie Jane Bell of Davisville, MO; children James (Carolyn) Bell, Jerry (Lori) Bell-Payne all of Steelville, MO, Leslie (Bobby) Diedrich of Licking, MO, Sarah (Gary) Richards, Lisa Bell all of Cuba, MO, Mark (Vickie) Godbey of Steelville, MO, Melissa Godbey of Davisville, MO and Mary (Mark) Doza of Buffalo, MO; mother-in-law Lucille Martin Harmon of Steelville, MO; sisters Donna (Terry) Lewis of De Soto, MO and Carla (Dwight) Suits of Benton, IL; brothers-in-law Jim (Shelly) Calahan of Steelville, MO, Dennis (Stephanie) Calahan, Timothy Calahan all of Cuba, MO, and Ed Brown of IL; special aunt Norma Biggs of Salem, MO and aunt Ann Forshee of Arnold, MO; grandchildren Kyle (Kaysie) Phenix, Levi Phenix, Dalton (fiancee Kayla Glore) Bell, Dylan (fiancee Hailey Clay) Payne, Tyler Payne, Paige Bridgeman, all of Steelville, MO, Dakota (Becca) Wulff of Springfield, MO, Cami Wulff of St. James, MO, Amanda (Blake) Kestler, Brenda (Randy) Greenwalt, all of Steelville, MO, Aaron (Ashley Shafer) Godbey of Puxico, MO, Danielle (fiance Mark Wallace) Godbey of Cuba, MO, Rachelle (Ryan) Mounts of St. Clair, MO, Erica (James) Laxton of Steelville, MO, Joseph Setzer and James Setzer both of Buffalo, MO; great grandchildren Ryder Phenix, Baby Evanna Kestler, Kennedi Greenwalt, Kegan Greenwalt, and Aiden Greenwalt all of Steelville, MO, Calvin Mounts, Caroline Mounts, and Layden Mounts all of St. Clair, MO, D. J. Laxton of Steelville, MO, Kenton Setzer of Buffalo, MO, Noah Setzer of Cuba, MO, Kaylee Piersall of Steelville, MO, Brooklyn Wadlow and Lillian Wadlow both of Cuba, MO; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
A private Celebration of Life Service will be held by the family at a later date. The family has chosen cremation as his final disposition.
All arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.
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