Thomas J. Bell, Jr. 48, of rural Stanhope died Nov. 10, 2017, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in rural Gilbert. Visitation will be an hour before the service at the church.


Tom was born on Sept. 1, 1969, in Story City to Thomas and JoAnn (Johnson) Bell. He married Melissa Kuss on Feb. 14, 2001. Tom worked at McFarland Clinic in Ames. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camp, woodworking and especially going to his son’s activities.


He is survived by his wife, Missy of rural Stanhope; three sons, Nicholas, Nathan and Nolan Bell at home; his parents, Tom and JoAnn Bell, Sr. of Story City and a brother, Steve (LeAnn) Bell of Madrid.


Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.