Thomas Bell

Thomas William “Tom” Bell, 63, of Cedar Creek, Mo. died Feb. 14, 2018 following a brief illness.

A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at Alta Community Center.

Tom was born in Le Mars on Thursday, Oct. 14, 1954 and was the only son of William Alexander and Mary Justina (Hartman) Bell. Later the family moved to Alta, where he attended Alta Community School. Following graduation, he received training in auto body repair in Sheldon. Tom married Ellen (Ludwig) in 1974. They had two children, Amy Marie and Thomas Christian. In 1990, the family moved to an acreage west of Alta where Tom converted the old barn into his own auto body repair shop. In 2006, Tom moved to Cedar Creek where he lived the remainder of his years.

Tom was a quiet man who cared deeply for his friends and family. His family will miss his cheeky correspondences via mail and text messages. He had a way with animals and was rarely found without his dog by his side.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Beecham and husband Shannon; grandsons Aiden and Liam Beecham of Kansas City, Mo.; his son, Tom Bell and wife Meghan; granddaughters, Sophia and Eva Bell of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his three sisters: Mary Jean Bell, Ruth Katherine (Kate) Henery and Diane Laura (Annie) Holstein; and two nephews, Chad Micah Henery and Seth Andrew Henery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home in Forsyth, Mo.