Kim Eugene Bell, of Mount Hood, Ore., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Kim was born Aug. 27, 1952, in Tillamook, Ore., to Charles Leonard Bell and Billie Joanne (Merrill) Bell, and was brother to Mark Bell and Loreen Bell-Haight.
In August 1969 he married Patricia Faulkender; they divorced in 1984. Kim graduated from Wy’east High School in 1970. He remarried in July 1993, to Beverly Immer.
In 1989 or 1990 Kim received an energy conservation award for helping invent a heat exchange system from the ovens of Juanita’s Fine Food to be used at Full Sail Ale Brewing Co. He flew to Washington, D.C., to receive the award.
Over the years Kim worked as a logger for George Cochran; as department manager at Rosauers; worked at the Harvey Aluminum plant; as sales representative and delivery man for Juanita’s Fine Foods; fleet manager for Hood River Ford; and as store owner of Parkdale Square in Parkdale, Ore. He was such a hard-working man.
Kim loved fishing and gardening. He really enjoyed fishing with his family, and treasure hunting at the coast during low tide. His little Pepper dog became his constant sidekick and loved going on trips. He was a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church and Parkdale Grange.
Kim had a wonderful sense of humor and always could put a smile on your face. He was such a positive man who always looked for the good in people. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. The community loved him and all the neighborhood kids loved to come see him in the store.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Mount Hood; daughters Jennifer Bell, Jody Bell, Katie Bell and Sarah Bell; stepson Ray Rockafellor; stepdaughters Autumn Rockafellor-Maurer (Erich) and Jamie Rockafellor-Brindle (Mark); grandchildren Angel McCafferty, Tyler McCafferty, Alanna Putnam, Christopher Putnam, Kevin Putnam, Misty Bartsma, Dustin Bartsma, Tucker Carter, Khamia Rockafellor, Korrisa Rockafellor, Brandon Rowe, Daniel Maurer, Jacob Brindle and Jared Brindle; great-grandchildren Kolbe Robinson, Lincoln Elliott and Benjamin Bratton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
He was preceded in death his grandparents, Jesse C. and Nellie E. (Egley) Bell and William and Pauline (Noble) Merrill; father, Charles Leonard Bell; and infant sister Sheryl Ann Bell.
Services will be held June 6, 10:30 a.m. at Parkdale Baptist Church, with Pastor Bobby Beauchamp officiating; potluck will follow.
The family would like to thank Louie Dominguez and the Dominguez family for all their love and help, with thanks also to Randi Harju and Sarah Ortiz.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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