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Randall "Randy" John Bell

Friday, March 15th, 1957 - Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Randall (Randy) John Bell was born in Hood River, Oregon on March 15, 1957 to Vernon Thomas Bell and Flora Belle Northern Bell. He passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2019 in Hood River, OR. Randy joined three older brothers.

He grew up on Dee Highway and attended the local public schools. He was always a “class clown” and made many friends playing school sports, fishing, zipping around on his Mustang bike, and every summer goofing off in the strawberry patch.

Randy lost his father at an early age and was a big support for his mother. They had a special bond and he adored her. She played guitar and passed her passion for music on to Randy. At age 13, he got a drum set for Christmas and that was the beginning. He also played guitar and had the unique ability to pick up on just about any instrument. Throughout his life, he played in a variety of bands, mostly rock ‘n’ roll and country. In his ripening age, he rarely set up his kit, as he had bought a cajone and began playing more mellow sounds with his beloved friend, Kay Floria.

Randy was selfless. He enjoyed lending his time to play in school programs and high school musicals. He also loved supporting local theatre and being involved with the Hood River Lions Follies. He was always a stand up volunteer, becoming PTA president, coaching community youth sports, and being the town MC at many events. His favorite though was getting to see children’s faces light up at Christmas time when he played Santa.

As a young man, Randy worked in the food and beverage industry, did building and construction, became a Port employee, and eventually worked for the City of Hood River. But his true calling and gift was caring for others. He worked for the Klahre House and The Next Door, mentoring troubled youth. At the time of his passing, Randy worked for the Brokerage, caring for his clients who were developmentally challenged adults. He truly had a heart for those he took care of.

What Randy loved most though, was being a husband and father. He married his wife Susie at age 31, his childhood friend since first grade. He says he fell in love with her while he watched her sew up the torn butt of his jeans after a bicycle wreck by her house. They were just young “pups”, their nickname for each other since they day they got together. After seven years together, they had a shot gun ceremony. To this day, they can’t remember if their anniversary fell on the 28th or 29th of October, something they always laughed about. They were married for 31 years at the time of Randy’s passing.

Randy was a proud father and mentor…always listening to his children. He lit them up and gave them unconditional love. He jumped at the chance to go on field trips, coach teams and never missed a play or event, and supported them in all of their interests. He loved animals, and always had a beloved family dog, Shredder being his first. Together the family enjoyed reunions and get togethers, camping, the beach, kayaking and Disneyland vacations.

Randy loved playing music, taking care of his yard and riding his Harley. He waxed it to a high shine every Spring and enjoyed cruising over to Pepp Mann field for a cherry snow cone. He was a dreamer and loved to ride on the wild side.

Randy was a man of faith. Below is the scripture he lived by:
James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the ways of the world”

Randy saw the best in everyone and lived life like “Every day’s a holiday!” He will be forever in our hearts and dearly missed by all the lives he touched.

Randy is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Susie Bell; children Andrew and Kelli; his dog Nellie (his bay bay); brothers Mike Bell of Keizer, OR, Pat Bell (Billie) of Challis, ID; Aunt Jody Northern of Phoenix, AZ, Aunt Jackie of Mount Vernon, WA; sisters by marriage Peggy Arthur (Mike) of Portland, OR, Karen Timm (Dwight) of Eagle Creek, OR, Lori Fortune (Gene) of Hood River, OR; his beloved in laws Nate and Bernice Arthur of Hood River, OR; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Vernon; mother Florabelle; brother Vernon; brother-in-law Ron (Bud) Arthur; and brother from another mother Kelly May.

Services to celebrate Randy’s life and mourn his passing are planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at The Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School (1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River, OR 97031). At 2:00 p.m., a time of continued sharing, food and fellowship will be held at The Hood River Elks Lodge (304 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.



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Randy Bell: Wearer of many hats (Hood River News article)

Randy Bell got a little payback at this year’s Fourth of July parade in Odell.

His daughter, Kelli, and niece, Michele Johnson, annually ambush him with water soakers as they ride through the parade on a flatbed truck. This year Bell was equipped with a tarp, for protection, and an antique fire extinguisher (water-filled) which pumps up with air pressure.

This time, it was the girls who got soaked.

Earlier that day Bell had marched in the Hood River parade with other staffers from The Next Door Inc., where he works as a van driver and teaching assistant for Klahre House. Fittingly, he carried a drum.
“I’ve played the drums forever,” he said. “I played in high school, and I’ve played in bands; and now I’m playing in wineries a little bit, with some guys.” He has also drummed in the live band accompanying the high school musicals for the last six years, as well as CAST productions requiring live music.

Lately he’s been playing a wooden box drum called a cajon; an Afro-Peruvian instrument played by slapping the front face with the hands.

Besides drumming, Bell’s other passion is motorcycling — he and his wife, Sue, who only recently received her motorcycle endorsement, took their first real road trip together in June, riding their Harleys to Goldendale.

“It was a blast even though we camped the first night in a pouring rain storm,” Bell said. “(The event) had really good bands and we danced like we were young two nights in a row. Even when her bike broke down, a guy from Goldendale hauled it home for us. All in all a great trip.”

Randy and Sue have known each other since kindergarten, and have been together for more than 30 years. Besides daughter Kelli, the couple has a son, Andy, 21.

Bell has worked for Klahre House of The Next Door for the past six years. He was honored last year as employee of the month, and described as a hugely valuable member of the Klahre team.

“Randy is a hard worker and is able to wear many hats at Klahre House,” Jody O’Connor wrote in his employee of the month biography. “He drives the youth to and from Klahre House and field trips, does maintenance, teaches life skills classes and takes youth to AA meetings.

“Randy regularly supervises bowling, games and lunches. He is well-connected with the Gorge community and has helped arrange field trips to local organizations, contacted valuable guest speakers and arranged for meeting spaces for Boys Group, recreation and sports, etc.”

Bell is indeed well-connected with the Gorge community, and volunteers for any number of events, especially those with broadcasted music such as the Ring Kings car shows. He is a board member at the Hood River Valley Adult Center and also belongs to the Elks and Eagles organizations. And don’t tell the kids, but he just may be the one behind that Santa suit around Christmas time.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    Address
    1401 Belmont Ave.
    HOOD RIVER, OR
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Hood River Valley High School
    Address
    1220 Indian Creek Road
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Services to celebrate Randy’s life and mourn his passing are planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at The Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School (1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River, OR 97031). At 2:00 p.m., a time of continued sharing, food and fellowship The Hood River Elks Lodge (304 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031).
  • Reception

    Location
    Hood River Elk's Lodge
    Address
    304 Cascade Avenue
    hood river, OR 97031
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Services to celebrate Randy’s life and mourn his passing are planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at The Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School (1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River, OR 97031). At 2:00 p.m., a time of continued sharing, food and fellowship will be held at The Hood River Elks Lodge (304 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031).

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Hood River Valley Adult Center

Posted at 06:38pm
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Mike Rockwell

Posted at 11:59am
Randy was always a joy to be around and to play music with. He had a huge heart, which was evidenced by the way he lit up a room with the big smile on his face. He will be missed by all those who are lucky enough to have known him. My condolences to all friends and family, and to Kay, his partner in the beautiful music that they made.

Bob Merz

Posted at 01:51pm
Randy was a fun loving guy. Memories of him in his mustang dragging the gut in HR. And resent ones of him playing his sit down drum that he made.. I will miss him. Bob Merz
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Anne Coxon

Posted at 12:34pm
Randy and Sue were neighbors on Pine Street. Good people, great neighbors and super parents. Always there to share a laugh, lend a hand, offer a shoulder. We will miss Randy and treasure our memories.
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Mary and Randy Rosen

Posted at 07:22pm
Our hearts are so incredibly sad but we are feeling so blessed that our paths crossed. Our memory banks are full of wonderful memories!
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