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Edward H. Bell

May 20, 1949 - April 24, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Edward H. Bell, 58, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2008, in the early hours of the morning at Memorial Medical Center.

Edward Hanlon Bell was born May 20, 1949, the son of Archibald and Mary Bell, in Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States in 1964 to live with his aunt and uncle in Springfield. After serving in Vietnam, he returned to Springfield to attend Lincoln Land Community College, where he met Sabra Martin. Sabra and Ed were married Aug. 12, 1972, in Mason City. They had two daughters, Katrina Marie and Laura Anne.

Ed was a Springfield Police officer for 27 years, retiring as a sergeant in 2003. Shortly after retiring, he became a doorkeeper at the Illinois State Senate. He was also a karate instructor with the Kifaru School of Martial Arts and was an avid hunter of deer and turkey. Ed also enjoyed collecting and planting day lilies, riding his motorcycle and was a bass drummer in the Springfield Highland Guard.

Edward is survived by wife, Sabra, and two daughters, Katrina (husband, Stephen) Weber of Lexington, Ky., and Laura Bell of Orange, Va. Edward is also survived by an aunt and uncle in the Springfield area, along with three sisters and several aunts and uncles in Scotland.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday April 26, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m., following the gathering.

Memorial donations may be made to the Police Benevolent and Protective Association.

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