Born on April 17, 1941 in New Orleans, he was raised in Upland, PA. “Butch”, as he was known, graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1963 and obtained his J.D. from Temple Law School. Butch served two tours in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” device, the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Butch continued to serve his country honorably, ultimately attaining the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.
Colonel Bell was a member of VFW Post #845 in Downingtown, PA and the American Legion Post #194 in Rising Sun, MD. For many years, he was involved with the Oxford Golden Bears and the Oxford Little League as a coach. He will be remembered for many things, but most of all for being a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.