William Oscar "Bill" Bell, 66, of Monticello, Wis., died Feb. 10, 2013, with his family and friends by his side. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Reformation United Church of Christ in Monticello, Wis. A lunch will follow the service.
He was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Duncan, Okla., to Mary Jo and Dr. Franklin Earl Bell. He is survived by his wife, Cherri; son, Ben Bell; daughter-in-law, Terra; grandson Brady; sister, Sallie Warren; brother-in-law, Monnie; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He had resided in Tyler, was a 1965 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and a graduate of Tyler Junior College.
He enlisted in the Army
in 1967, where he was a highly decorated officer. His distinctions include the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars
, three Purple Heart
s, a Vietnam Air Medal, a Good Conduct Ribbon, a National Defense Ribbon, a Combat Infantry Badge and an Army Commendation with "V."
He was also a proud member of the American Legion, AMVETS of New Glarus, Wis., Monticello Lions Club, Monticello Community Club and a member of Washington Reformation UCC.
William spent his last years establishing the Silver Star Vineyards, which he and his wife created on their farm in Monticello, Wis.