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Samuel Doak Bell

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STROMSBURG — Samuel Doak Bell, 86, Stromsburg, died Sept. 1, 2019, at Midwest Covenant Home, Stromsburg.  

Visitation was prior to service time at the Evangelical Free Church, Stromsburg,.

Funeral services were Sept. 5 at the Evangelical Free Church, with Pastor Keet Redden officiating.  

Interment was at the Stromsburg Cemetery.  

Samuel Doak Bell, was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Superior, to John and Lucy (Keifer) Bell.  Sam grew up near Chester, graduating from Chester High School in

1951.  Following his graduation, Sam attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He graduated in 1955 with his teaching degree.  His first teaching job was at Laurel.  He was then a teacher, school administrator and coach in western Nebraska.  He would go on to be an administrator at Stromsburg, Coleridge, Aurora, Exeter, Albion, Axtell, Lodge Pole, and again at Stromsburg.  Sam married Glendora Irene Clausen June 19, 1955, in Chester.  In 1956, Sam joined the United States Air Force.  While serving in the armed forces, Sam and Glenny would make their home in North Carolina, Colorado and Illinois.  Following his honorable discharge in 1957, they lived in several Nebraska communities, eventually settling in Stromsburg.

Sam was a member of the Evangelical Free Church, Stromsburg.  He was also a member and past president of Sigma Chi, as well as the Lion’s Club.  Sam was an avid golfer, but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

He is survived by his children, Melissa and Kirk Kunze, Long Pine; Jim and Kris Bell, Lancaster, Calif.; Jane and Bill Wernsman, Loveland, Colo.; Tom and Shelly Bell, South Sioux City; and John and Adina Bell, Omaha; his sister, Julie Fuchs, Belden; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Glendora; his brothers, John and Barbara Bell, and Warren Bell; his brotherin-law, Lawrence Fuchs; his nephew, Roger Fuchs; and his greatnephew, Tony Day.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.