Frederick Charles Bell, 76, recently died at his Vadnais Heights home. He grew up in a large family in Falcon Heights.

Except for brief residencies in Arizona and Alaska, Fred was a lifelong Minnesotan who attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, graduated from Holy Childhood Elementary School and Alexander Ramsey High School and attended St. John’s University.

Fred enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended basic training at Parris Island, S.C. He subsequently served for more than five years with the Army Reserve. Affectionately known as “Freddie Parks,” he spent the bulk of his career employed with the Arden Hills Parks Department.

Fred was a devoted family man and was known for lending a hand to a friend or relative in need. He was predeceased by his parents, Marcella (née Kuhlmann) Bell and Willard Bell. He is survived by five siblings.

His jovial spirit will be greatly missed by his 11 nieces and nephews, his 17 great-nieces and great-nephews and his many cousins.

Services will be announced at a later date. Donations in Fred’s honor can be made to the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls or a charity of your choosing.

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