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Durward F. 'Doodie' Bell

Nov 19, 1929 - Dec 3, 2017

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Milford - Durward F. 'Doodie' Bell, 88, died on December 3, 2017. He was born on November 19, 1929 a son of Ira and Miriam Bell.
He was a Korean Veteran, having served with the US Army. He was a life member of the American Legion. He retired from James River after 45 years of service. He enjoyed camping at Deer Lake, gardening where he would sit in the back yard and his wife would ask "What, are you watching your beets grow," bird watching, and taking rides on the Call Road.
Doodie will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and his songs and poems he remembered. As has been said "There isn't a ditty that Doodie doesn't know." He also loved to give everyone a nickname and he was known by several including "Doodie" and "2-can" and his wife was known as "Smoky Joe".
He is survived by his wife, Dolores S. Bell, whom he married on January 26, 1980; five children, Nancy Kearns of Bangor, Deanie Cole Holland and her husband, Michael, of Ellsworth, Lee Hoover and his wife, Kelly, of Eddington, Dee Pineau of Millinocket, Diane Moseley and her husband, Michael Suire, of Milford; grandchildren, Renee Kearns-Pal, Tonya Bean, Kristy Martin and Laura Zwanziger, Ryan Hoover and Joshua Hoover; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben Bell; two sisters, Daphne Bell and Gail Bell. He was predeceased by a son, Jeff Veilleux, and sister, Waverly Withers, and uncle Cubbie.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parish of the Resurrection, 429 Main St., Old Town, ME 04468.
Published on  December 5, 2017
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