Eugene L. "Gene" Bell, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 10, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa.
Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Gene" from 2 to 5 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial will be at a later date.
Eugene Leroy Bell was born on February 25, 1967 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Edwin "Bud" Eickstaedt and Annilee (Bunce) Bell. He attended school in the Midland School District. He married Lynn McGhee Combs in 1995 in Manning, South Carolina.
"Gene" had worked various jobs through the years including as an underground lineman for TKI Industries and for SteinMart. For the past ten years he had worked as the maintenance man at the Maquoketa Park Apartments in Maquoketa.
"Gene" was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and playing the guitar. He loved everyone and never met a stranger.
Those left to honor his memory include his custodial niece, Margo Harris of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Wilbur Bell of Sikeston, MO, Myron, Jr. (Libby) Bell of Maquoketa, IA, and Lawrence (Tonya) Bell of Advance, MO; a sister, Becky (Joe) Peterson of Clinton, IA; half-sisters, Deanna Garrison of Watersmeet, MI, Sue Voss of Clinton, IA and Kristi Moore of Prophetstown, IL; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Anthony Curtis Bell of Dubuque, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Owen and Clyde Bell, and sisters Georgia and Juanna.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/eugene-l-gene-bell
Online condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
I am so sorry to hear about lost Gene was a great gut
Uncle Gene was definitely one of a kind! He always had me laughing, he didn’t have a filter when he spoke. He spoke his mind and didn’t care who you were. Was always giving me shit every time he saw me. He was a very good, loving and caring person. He was always there to help anyone if they called on him to do so. I was blessed to be adopted into this family by Owen “Cowboy” Bell, I am Owen’s adopted daughter. I will never forget all of the memories I have had with this family! He will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Uncle Gene, I will always love you!!
Gene was my very good friend & my boss for a few weeks of painting when I was in a bind & needed money. He was a man that cared too much. It was easy for me to see cuz he tried to hide it. Keeps us sensitive people from being taken advantage of. Even so Gene offered to help a lot of people in his life. I know he did me & really barely knew me at the time. He always made me laugh & often made me think. He helped a better man. I'll never forget Gene Bell.
So sorry for your loss. Gene was one of the few good guys around.
Deb (Thurman) Crawford
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, Gene was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
So sorry for your loss Gene was a good guy he will be missed by everyone .Gone but will never be for gotten .
I did not Gene Bell for about 2 to 3 years now but I know his brother Willeber Bell
So sorry for your families loss.
April and I are tenents at MPA. Kelly Darr was our landlord for 9 years in Anamosa, and now here at MPA. Years ago I also worked with Libby at the Monticello Nursing Home when my ex wife and I were still together. My wife April and I moved into MPA a couple months ago and this is how we met Gean. April and I had just had a 3 hour long talk with him the Thursday prior to his passing. He had fallen outside and scraped his elbow, and April and I were not leaving until we knew he was okay. I helped Mike do some lifting for him and then we spent some considerable time chatting. I am glad to have gotten that time however fleeting and short it now seems. I am glad I got, and spent the time getting to know him after moving out here. Still, I wish there could have been more. When a person like him leaves, you are left with the feeling that you missed something truly special. Something amazing you have only begun to understand. We will miss you sir.
RIP Gene, you will be missed by many. To the family : He may be gone but never forgotten Gene would do anything for someone in need.. love and prayers for comfort to all of you
I will always remember your friendship! Rest in peace.. Make sure to help the big man upstairs with whatever maintenance he needs on those big pearly gates. Thank you for your friendship. My deepest condolences to all the Bell Family and friends. He touched many lives with his kindness and humor. may your memories offer you comfort during this difficult time
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