Roy Bell 1931-2020
Roy Ralph Bell, 88, of Seneca, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Goff, the son of Everton A. and Iva Hulda (Bariess) Bell.
Roy graduated from Goff High School in 1949. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had served in the 45th Infantry Division as a machine gunner. He was a life member of the Goff American Legion Post 316, Seneca VFW Post 7458 and the Combat Infantrymen’s Association in Topeka. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter for 20 years.
Roy was a member of the Goff and Seneca United Methodist Churches. He had also been a Hunter’s Safety Instructor, served as the first fire chief for the Goff Fire Department and had been on the Fairview Cemetery board in Goff since 1959.
He was a rural mail carrier for the United Postal Service for more than 31 years. He was also a postmaster for 16 years and retired in 1986.
Roy was united in marriage to Patsy Irene Richard on May 16, 1954, in Goff. They shared more than 65 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Cynthia Sue Bell; three brothers, Lawrence, Noble and Alvin Bell; his sister, Opal Adams; and his great-grandson, Jared Peery.
Roy is survived by his wife, Patsy, of the home; a son, Ricky Bell (Karen) of Cameron, Mo.; a daughter, Janet Stallbaumer (Jerry) of Seneca; two brothers, Earl Bell (Elsie) of Seneca and Gary Bell (Carolyn) of Holton; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Seneca United Methodist Church in Seneca. Burial with military honors will follow in Goff Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Heights Honor Flight, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com