Hinsdale- William J. "Butch" Bell, 63, of Cedar Street in Hinsdale, died early Saturday morning March 11, 2017 at his home following a lengthy illness.
Butch was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 18, 1953, the son of William and Dolores (Hemingway) Bell. He was raised and educated in Blacksburg, S.C. eventually moving to Brattleboro with his family. He had attended Brattleboro Union High School.
A proud veteran, he served for four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and later reenlisted in the U.S. Army serving another nine years before his honorable discharge from active service.
Butch had been employed for several years at the former Boise Cascade in Brattleboro but worked most of his career as a truck driver for T&J Trucking of Bellows falls and BDR Trucking of Brattleboro. He also worked for a short time as an LNA at the Brattleboro Retreat.
Of his leisure time activities, he enjoyed fishing and was an avid Buccaneers fan.
On July 27, 1974 in Rialto, California he was married to Diane Inman who survives.
Besides his wife of 42 years he leaves two sons, Justin J. Bell of Derry, N.H. and Robert W. Bell of Brattleboro, one daughter, Jennifer Bell Colliver of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a half-brother, John L. Martel of Brattleboro, seven grandchildren, Conner, Halle, Nevaeh, Lars, Charlotte, Gunnar and Salvatore, two nieces and two nephews.
Additionally he leaves his close longtime friend, Michael J. Martell of Keene.
Butch was predeceased by one son Michael S. Bell and a granddaughter Olivia M. Bell who died in infancy.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Friday, March 31'st at the VFW, Post #1034 on Black Mountain Road starting at 1:00 P.M.
Memorial contributions in Butch's name may be made to, Liberty House, Inc., 75 W. Baker St., Manchester, N.H. 03103 or to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 561 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.