James Bell

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James F. Bell, 74, of Swansea, IL, born April 12, 1948, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, November 10, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Bell had worked for many years at Stag Brewery, Belleville, IL, until its closing. More recently he worked at Jost Chemical Plant, St. Louis, MO, and retired in 2016. He was a 20-year volunteer fireman in Swansea, IL, and enjoyed being a fireman and helping others. He loved the outdoors. Jim and his family spent many years camping and enjoying the outdoors together. Mr. Bell was a United States Air Force veteran.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Augustus and Rita, nee Schaefer, Bell; two sisters, Julia Bell, in infancy; Janet Palmeri; his mother-in-law, Mary T. Heap; and a brother-in-law, James Heap.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Michele, nee Heap, Bell, whom he married on January 16, 1988; a son, Joshua (Bekah) Bell; two grandchildren, Emery and Eli; a brother, Jerry (Camille) Bell; two sisters, Jo Ann Bell (Joe John) and Jackie Bell; his father-in-law, Don Heap; three brothers-in-law, Tom (Mary) Heap, Mike (Kim) Heap, and Kent (Kristin) Heap; two sisters-in-law, Donna Heap and Melinda (Don) Milligan; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Swansea Fire Department. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2022, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



7 Comments on James Bell

James, Susen, Devan, Bryant and Britni Bell said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2022 at 9:33 AM

We send are condolences to you and your family. Love your Cousins

  • North Las Vegas
  • NV
Lanie Heidenreich said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2022 at 10:08 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss Michelle. Sending you and your family lots of hugs. Family and friends are so very important at a time like this. Please reach out if I can help

  • Franklin
  • TN
Dawn Davenport said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 11:20 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I so enjoyed my time working with him at Jost Chemical. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
ronald karcher said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2022 at 7:36 AM

My prayers and sympathies .

  • millstadt
  • IL
sls774bsbl@yahoo.com said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2022 at 4:05 PM

Michele, I’m so sorry for your loss, Jim was a good man and I know he loved his family. Take care, I will be thinking and praying for you. Don

  • Sun City
  • Arizona
Joan Mueth said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2022 at 12:55 PM

So sorry to hear this Michelle, may God bring you comfort in this trying time praying for you🙏🙏🙏

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Matt Aikins said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2022 at 7:12 PM

For the family; May God's mercies find & comfort you during this this most painful time. 😞❤️🙏

  • Benton
  • Kentucky

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