Rex Leroy Bell of Cuba, Missouri was born in Granite City, Illinois on January 3, 1943 to Leroy Nelson and Audrey Edna (nee Kelley) Bell and passed away on September 28, 2021 at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 25 days.
As a young man he was married. About 10 years ago he began sharing his life with his girlfriend, Anna Morgan.
Rex was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith as a young boy and believing in the Lord as his Savior.
During his working career he drove a semi-truck for some time but was primarily a salesman and trader of horses and cars. The thrill of the trade was in his blood and he started his passion in grade school trading out of his lunch box.
He loved to collect things, go to yard sales and go antiquing. He had an amazing memory, able to recall various trades, names of people and prices.
He also loved to pull ponies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Audrey Bell; and sister, Audrey Jean Manning.
He is survived by his girlfriend, Anna Morgan of Cuba, Missouri; sons, Jed Bell and wife Kathy of St. Clair, Missouri and Chad Bell of Summersville, Missouri; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, Missouri with Richard Helton officiating.
Interment was in the Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, Missouri.