December 27, 1941 – March 25, 2013
Ronald Bruce Bell was born Dec. 27, 1941 in Lovell to Emma Laber and Roscoe Robert Bell.
When his family moved in his youth, Ron chose to live in Lovell and stayed with loving friends, the Benson and Gams families so as to finish school. He was always active in competitive sports, football, wrestling, basketball and baseball, where he earned many awards. When he was barely of age he joined the Wyoming National Guard. Ron graduated from Lovell High School in 1960.
In 1962, Ron married Jeannine Karen Mickelson and then attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie where he played football. He was in the ROTC program. He loved airplanes and accomplished a goal of flying by earning his student pilot license. Ron and Jeannine had three children, Kevin Richard Bell, Belinda Sheri Bell and Troy Robert Bell.
Beginning in 1971, working construction for Peter Keiwit, Ron moved his family to Sheridan, Kaycee, Dayton, Casper, Spearfish, S.D., then to Hanna. In 1974 there was a union uprising and Ron was sent in as a supervisor, supposedly a six-week duty. He and his family loved Hanna so this is where their children were all raised. Ron was an avid sportsman, especially playing golf in which he won many awards.
In 1978, Ron was hired as a supervisor for Arch Mineral Corp. until a big layoff in 1988. He then worked construction, underground coal mining and surface coal mining in the Hanna and Gillette areas.
In 2007 after Kevin was diagnosed with cancer, Ron and others were taken on a fabulous trip to Hawaii by Kevin, Roxy and family. Here on his 66th birthday Ron was treated to play golf on the Turtle Bay Golf Course.
The following years included accidents and bad health. In 1999 while elk hunting, Ron had locked his pickup truck into four-wheel drive; walked to the driver’s side, partially opening his pickup door. His dog, Dryfus, knocked the gear shift into neutral. The motion caused Ron to slip under the truck and a rear tire ran over his head. With the aid of his rifle he was able to get back into his truck and drive to camp. He was taken by air ambulance to Casper.
In 2006 with a bleeding ulcer, he was transported by ambulance to Rawlins, where he received all the plasma available there. He was then evacuated to Cheyenne for more blood, a total of 12 units.
In 2009, Ron had respiratory and diabetic complications. He was taken by ambulance to Rawlins then flown to Cheyenne.
Each time, Ron refused nursing home care and came back to his own home in Hanna, nursing himself, with little help, back to fair health.
Some of his friends jokingly called him “Lazareth,” others say he had nine lives. But many felt that God still had a plan for Ron Bell and it was not his time to go.
Following hernia surgery on March 25, 2013, Ronald Bruce Bell died.
Survivors are his ex-wife, Jeannine Bell Powell; daughter, Belinda (Dante) Capozzoli; son, Troy Robert Bell; daughter-in-law, Roxy Stephens Bell; grandchildren Zac (Megan) Bell, Samantha (Jarred) Burleson, Derek Bell, McKenzi Capozzoli, Issac Patrick Lein; great-grandchildren Johnathan Burleson, Kaiden Chaffee, Brooklynn Bell, Joshua Burleson, and Dawson Bell; and brothers Phil (Nada) Bell and Brian (Vicki) Duff, and his loving pet, Bandit.
Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Emma L. Duff, and his father, Roscoe Robert Bell; and his son, Kevin Richard Bell.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 30 in the LDS chapel in Hanna. Interment followed at Hanna Cemetery.