Richard P. "Blimp" Bell died peacefully on August 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas at the age of 86.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Margaret; son Rick Bell and wife Jeanette; daughter Julie Hardegree and husband Scott; and grandchildren: Nicole, Chelsea, Austin, and Hayden. He is also survived by his two brothers, Jack Bell and wife Sherry; Don Bell and wife Sally; and his sister-in-law Marty Bryant as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Known to friends as Dick, he was born on May 12, 1933 to Captain Charles and Ruth Bell and grew up in Willis, Texas. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1958 with a degree in Industrial Arts and was a charter member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter. He married Mary Margaret Williford in 1956 and resided in Houston.
He enjoyed spending time with friends and family camping, motorcycle riding, and boating. Although he will be greatly missed, he left us all with a legacy of wonderful stories and memories.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 30th at 11:00 am at Oaks Presbyterian, 1576 Chantilly Ln. Dick will be buried at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the charity of your choice.
August 30, 2019 | 11:00am Oaks Presbyterian 1576 Chantilly Ln Houston, TX