Donald Bell
Donald Bell
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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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5421 Royal Place NW
Rochester, MN 55901
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A Andy and Cherie Wojtowicz on May 3, 2021

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.Memorial Tree was purchased for the family of Donald Bell by Andy and Cherie Wojtowicz.

  Nancy Yorke on Apr 18, 2021

CandleI worked with Don at IBM and always enjoyed his upbeat attitude. Also have memories of some great pool games against him during the IBM Pool Leagues. My prayers go out to the family.

R Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home on Apr 18, 2021


M Megg Murphy on Apr 18, 2021

  Tracy Schramm on Apr 16, 2021

I worked on the same team as Don at IBM. He was always upbeat and good to work with. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

V Vicki Schweiger on Apr 16, 2021

CandleDon really was a great guy to run in to, he always gave a friendly "hello" no matter where I would see him. He will be missed in the Dodge Center community.

  Peggy Kuehntopp Chidester on Apr 16, 2021

My husband and I worked with Don at IBM. We loved his happy personality. He will certainly be missed. We will keep your family in our prayers.

J Jerry Wobig on Apr 15, 2021

Don was a great lover of birds, golf, pool and Diamond Joe's. He will be greatly missed at lunch on Thursdays and golf later at Hadley Creek.



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