Charles “Chuck” Bell, age 67, of Elgin, passed away on March 26, 2018 at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.  Chuck was born October 2,1950 in Arlington, VA to his loving parents, Ronald E. and Dorothy “Dottie” Bell (nee Jenkins).

Chuck grew up in Okinawa, Japan.  Upon returning to the U.S., he graduated from Derby High School in Kansas, where he played tailback for the school football team.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Wichita State University, where he was also treasurer of the Chess Club.

He worked at First National Bank, Pizza Hut, and Rainbows United.  He retired from United Airlines and concluded his professional life as Director of Finance for the federal General Services Administration.

He shared 12 beautiful years together with his soulmate, Marianne Bost.

Loved ones will remember Chuck’s strength and humor that carried him throughout life’s highs and lows.  He was always there for loved ones in need.  His love of challenges brought him to one chess competition after another.

He had an impeccable work ethic.  He was an adventurous, generous, hilarious, smart, supportive, thoughtful, caring, inspiring, karate chopping, cat-adoring man. 

In his free time, Chuck enjoyed chess, script writing, Tae Kwon Do, in which he had a black belt, kayaking, travel, movies, plays and musicals, being active in Mensa International, bragging about his kids, auctions and antiques, and collecting Elgin pocket watches and memorabilia.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Ronnie Bell, and his sister, Susan.

Chuck is survived by his soulmate and partner, Marianne Bost; children Julie Bell Voorhees, Karyn Bell Simon and Justin Bell; Marianne’s children, for whom he was a loving father figure, Adria Bost and Andrew Bost; his children’s spouses Jonathan Simon and Amber Bell; his mother Dottie Bell; brother Rick Bell; grandchildren Lauren, Mady, Hunter, Olivia, Aubyn, Olivia, Nathanial, Tobin, Henry, Sophie and Rebekah.

Visitation will be 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120, followed by a reception from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin IL 60120.  Interment will be private at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin IL 60120.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elgin History Museum would be appreciated.

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