Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 18, 2013

George Bell Jr.

TRAVERSE CITY — George Bell Jr., 89, passed away, Dec. 15, 2013. George was born in Owosso on June 19, 1924, to the late George W. and Anna (Lewis) Bell.

He graduated from Owosso High School and attended the University of Michigan and then earned a mechanical engineering degree from Michigan State University.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a Senior Machinist Mate Third Class and was a veteran of World War II.

He worked for Fisher & Wright, Inc. in Flint, serving as the vice president and estimating engineer for 39 years, as well as being on the Local 370 Pension Fund and Apprenticeship Board.

Upon retiring he and Geri relocated to Interlochen in 1991, where he had built a summer home on Green Lake in 1956.

George was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the NW Michigan Woodcarving Guide; he especially enjoyed bicycling and was a supporter of the TART Trail Association. George was a lifelong builder, whether toys for grandchildren or remodeling homes. He was named the Habitat Volunteer of the Year in Traverse City in the late 1990s.

He and Geri were always active together. They bicycled throughout Europe and enjoyed the baked goods along the way. They played tennis and golfed, bridge with friends, and were active volunteers at the Interlochen Library.

George married his wife, Geraldine L. Corning on July 12, 1952, in Flint, celebrated 61 years of marriage and raised two sons.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; sons, Gregory W. (Ronna Jane) Bell, of Seattle, Wash., and Geoffrey M. Bell, of Naples, Fla.; sister, Louva (Jack) Buehler, of Vista, Calif.; and grandchildren, Graham W. Bell, Reilley H. Bell and Zoë A. Bell.

George was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth E. Warner and Mary Ann Marty.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Interlochen Library.

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Arrangements for the family have been entrusted to Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral and Cremation Service.

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