Harlin Eugene Bell
Captain Harlin Eugene Bell of Moneta, Virginia was born on January 29, 1925 in Buffalo, Illinois, and passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 in Roanoke, Virginia. He is survived by his son, Lindel (Lin) Bell, his daughter, Lori Jordan, and his favorite son-in-law, Mark Jordan.
Harlin proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific theater during World War II. He flew small planes as a crop duster before returning to service in the Air Force during the Korean conflict. His military decorations include the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with bronze star, China Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star, and the World War II Victory Medal.
In January of 1953, Harlin began his career as a pilot with United Air Lines, a 33 period of joyful service on DC3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 aircraft, as well as the Convair, Viscount, Boeing 727 and Caravelle. In 1985, he retired to a life of hunting, fishing, boating and enjoying his friends and family. Harlin was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the National Rifle Association, as well as a founding member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter in his home town of Moneta, Virginia. His boisterous humor and generosity will be sorely missed. The family would like to thank his wonderful doctors and nurses at the Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as well as his friends in Moneta for their caring service and assistance during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Harlin’s favorite charity, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (https://www.mcsf.org).
A visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until time of funeral at 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield with Reverend Nicole Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Mechanicsburg Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.