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Donald Bell

November 17, 1942 — April 14, 2021

Donald Robert Bell, 78, of Dodge Center, Minnesota died on April 14th, 2021 at the VA hospital in Minneapolis while recovering from cancer surgery. Don enjoyed so many things including going to the casino, golfing, playing pool, reading Louis L'Amour and lunch with his friends. Family always came first for Don. If you needed him, he was there in whatever way you asked. He was a veteran of the US Navy and could always be seen proudly wearing a US Navy baseball cap. He had a Mathematics degree from Mankato State University, that may be why he seemed to do so well at the casino or maybe he just chose to tell us about the winning trips he took there. He enjoyed birding and participated in many Christmas Bird Counts. Don will be missed by so many people. I know if you could ask him how things are going right now, he would tell you "Peachy!" He was preceded in the death by his parents, Glen and Ruby Bell. He is survived by his daughter, Robyn (Dennis) Lapko and their children, Avery and Phoebe; two sons, Dan Bell (Crystal Lilya) and dogs Brutus, Hazel, Conky and Emma; and Andy (Kelly) Bell and their children, Ruby, Joseph and Seth; and his three sisters, Pat Hemeseth, Sandy Deno and Glenda Council. A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901. A private family burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Dover, MN. Due to COVID-19, masks will be required, and social distancing observed. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bell family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit
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Sunday, April 18, 2021

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