Frank Gene Bell, 81, of Medicine Lodge, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1932 in Medicine Lodge, the son of Charles E. Bell and Margaret M. (Watson) Bell. Gene was a member of Community Bible Fellowship in Medicine Lodge.
After serving in the US Army during the Korean War he attended Kansas State University and was a member of the livestock judging team, graduating in 1957. Returning to Barber County to farm and ranch, he was a member of the Barber County Cattlemen's Association and served for over 50 years on the Eagle Township Board. Gene also served on the Union Chapel Church Board, Barber County Extension Board and was active in the 4-H program.
On Aug. 25, 1957 he married Marilyn Marie Bloesser in Kingman. She survives.
Other survivors include four daughters, Karen (Rod) Cunningham of Medicine Lodge, Pam (Kim) Krehbiel of Pratt, Linda Bell of Topeka, and Charlotte (Jeff) Hoagland of Medicine Lodge; 11 grandchildren, Ryan (Karen) Cunningham, Julie (Ryan) McCoy, Christi (Brian) Bullock, Landon (Andrea) Cunningham, Melissa (Ty) Rebel, David (Lauren) Krehbiel, Bryce Krehbiel, Charli (DeAljanon) Chillers, Cassi Woodward, Ashli (Kelly) Snow, and Duston Hoagland; 17 great grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia (Frank) Black of Littleton, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Charlene Miller; and a brother, James Dene Bell.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Community Bible Fellowship, with family being present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the church, with Pastor Dwain Richert officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.
Memorials may be made to Community Bible Fellowship or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Condolences can be left at http://www.larrisonmortuary.com/