Clifford Bell

Clifford M. "Cliff" Bell

1929 - 2020

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Obituary of Clifford M. Bell

Clifford M. Bell, age 90, a longtime Iowa City area farmer passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Cedar Manor in Tipton. Clifford Merle Bell was born June 1, 1929, the son of William and Frieda (Reiland) Bell. He attended schools in Lone Tree where he graduated in 1947. On December 8, 1948, he was united in marriage to Ramona Lois Marshall. For a few years the couple farmed near Ainsworth. They purchased their farm east of Iowa City in 1953 where they would reside for nearly the rest of their life. Cliff was proud of his 22 years serving in the Iowa National Guard retiring as Lt. Colonel. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for many years. Cliff was a farmer to the core and jack of all trades. He could fix anything mechanical. He loved the life he was blessed with, tending to their land, caring for their livestock, enjoying the many St. Bernards they had over the years, but most of all, he loved his family and friends. His family includes his children, Larry Bell (Sandy), Kathy Daedlow (Alan), Clifford Bell Jr., and Bonnie Manary; 8 grandchildren, Darcy Wall (Scot), Danyel Glazebrook (Brady), Michelle Zear (Chad), Ryan Daedlow (Dionne), Rande Bell, Nathan Daedlow (Emily), Stacy Bell, and Megan Manary; 20 great-grandchildren, Keaton Segebart, (Brittney), Marissa Wall, Collin Zear, Kolton Segebart, Ryley Tidrick, Caleb Wall, Tyler Ellyson, Sophie Tidrick, Keaton Zear, Preston Daedlow, Zander Glazebrook, Draven Ladehoff, Paityn Daedlow, Densi Ladehoff, Kaeden Zear, Elle Manary, Payson Daedlow, Irie Daedlow, River Daedlow, and Peyton Manary; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Carson Breashears and Avery Segebart; and Cliff’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, Ramona; siblings and their spouses, Florence Holmes (Delbert), James Bell (Betty), Gertrude Mumm (Barclay), Lester Bell (Betty), Chester Bell, Mildred Sass (Marvin), and Viola Grimm (Charles). Private family services are being planned at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Iowa City. To share a thought, memory or condolence with Cliff’s family please visit the funeral home website @