Robin Bell passed away at home on October 9, 2013.
He was born November 13, 1939 in Shanghai, China to American parents, Edward and Irene Hibbard Bell.
After war broke out in China in 1941, the family moved to Berkeley, California, where Robin attended school, played American Legion baseball, pitched southpaw baseball for his Berkeley High School team and played championship tennis for the Claremont Tennis Club in Oakland, California. He sang in his school choir, played the cornet and was a master archer who made his own bows and arrows.
At age 17 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a radarman and ship’s photographer on the LSD, U.S.S. Alamo, which took him to the Far East twice during the Formosa Straights Crisis at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
After his service, Robin attended San Francisco State College, where he met Cindy, his wife and soul mate for 46 years. He became a master woodworker and worked with his father for over 20 years in their wholesale woodworking business in Oakland, California.
In 1981 he and Cindy moved to Little River, California, where they built a small cabin in the redwoods while he worked in maintenance for the California State Park system until his retirement and move to Ely, Nevada in 2003.
Robin enjoyed classical guitar music, fishing, target shooting and just being outdoors. He loved Ely and White Pine County. He enjoyed his brief term as a county commissioner and his service on several county boards. He was passionate about fighting SNWA to keep this area’s water here, and he was a devoted volunteer for the county library.
He is survived by his wife Cindy, brother Donald Bell, nephews John (Gina) Bell, Peter (Heather) Bell and Jon (Jennifer) Peterson, grandniece Chloe Bell and grandnephews Trevor Bell, Nathan Bell, Gannon Bell, Devin Peterson and Owen Peterson.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Mountain Vista Chapel in Ely, Nevada, and graveyard services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Ely City Veteran’s Cemetery in Ely, Nevada.
HIS SWEET SMILE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.