Chad Bell

Chad Bell


April 24, 1981 - September 18, 2023


Chad Bell, 42, formerly of Alexandria, SD, passed away Monday, September 18, 2023, due to an automobile accident while on a mountain biking adventure in Wyoming. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel

Chad Thomas Bell was born April 24, 1981, to Thomas and Deborah (Ruth) Bell in Mitchell, SD. Chad graduated from Hanson High School in 1999. He was a stand-out discus thrower and still holds the school record toss of 169’ 11”. He took these talents to the University of South Dakota, where he made a ton of friends, threw javelin and discus for the track team, and occasionally went to class.

He and his brother, Ryan, moved to Phoenix in 2002. Chad was employed using his stellar personality and musical chops to conduct karaoke nights at many bars around the city. He loved to belt out his favorite songs! In early 2003, he got called to a state of readiness for his other employer, the South Dakota National Guard. After being sent back home, Ryan urged him to move to Atlanta, where he was working for the Mattress Firm and knew Chad’s personality would lead him to a successful sales position. He was great at it!

While Chad did have some major struggles in life, he was always quick with a smile and one of the funniest people his close friends and family have ever known.

Chad was taken from Earth way too early, but his family feels at peace with where he left us. He was working on himself and making great progress. He will forever be loved by many.

Posted by Carl.Thompson on April 25, 2024
This is sad. I just found out about it. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on December 4, 2023
My condolences Tom and Barb, and to your entire family!
Posted by Maureen Fairbanks johnson on October 7, 2023
I’m so very very sorry for your loss to Deb and her damily. May Gods arms envelope you with grace and wisdom to overcome and still live after this terrible journey you are on. I hope for your family all Gods grace abd love and be nurtured by all your friends and family that will comfort you in days to come. Prayers and conflated from my family to yours
Posted by Lewis and Charlene Bainbridge on October 2, 2023
Tom, Deb, & family, We are so sorry for your loss of Chad. You are in our prayers for peace and hope.
Posted by Sherry Harris Pierson on October 1, 2023
So saddened to hear about the loss of your son, Chad. He sounded like a great guy and I wished I had known him.
Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Tim and Tara Scholten on September 30, 2023
We are so heart broken for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jan Quenzer on September 29, 2023
So sorry Tom & Deb. Love and Sympathy are with you from me.
Posted by Tim and Karen Harrington on September 29, 2023
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers!!!
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on September 29, 2023
So sorry, 💗💙
Posted by Ken and Joy Buchanan on September 28, 2023
Tom, Deb and family, we were deeply saddened to hear of Chad's passing, and send our sincere sympathies to all of you. May the many wonderful memories you shared bring smiles to help ease the pain throughout this difficult time.Keeping you in thought and prayers! Love and hugs!
Posted by Carol Catob, cousin on September 28, 2023
My condolences to you and your family for the loss of Chad. Memories are forever and may they comfort you and heal your heartache as you go forward. Love to All
Posted by Jerry & Robbin Bouch on September 27, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Angel brockman on September 27, 2023
Great guy always had a smile on his face . Up beat . He will be missed. From grand island
Posted by C. A. Vance on September 27, 2023
Chad was a blessing to Grand Island and to all those that knew him. Great attitude and a gift to his shop.
Posted by Kathy Kramer on September 27, 2023
Bell family, you are in my prayers. Very sorry to hear about Chad's passing. Hugs to you all.
Posted by Aunt Lue, Nancy and Bob Fairman on September 26, 2023
Sending our deepest condolences to Tom, Deb, Ryan and all those close to Chad. So very sorry for your loss
Posted by Wayne Thomas on September 25, 2023
My deepest sympathies to the Bell family. You are in my thoughts and prayers'
Posted by Roger Fox on September 25, 2023
Tom and Deb, thinking of you and praying for you..
Posted by Ron Aguilar on September 24, 2023
Chad you came to shop knowing nobody and your personality quickly grabbed our friendship. Ill never forget you for the short time I knew you!
Posted by Roberta and Tom McEntee on September 23, 2023
Deb and Tom, we extend our sympathies to and your family. God bless you.
Posted by Judy an terry coonfield on September 23, 2023
Our love prayers sadness are with all of you what a beautiful man so sorry
Posted by Judy an terry coonfield on September 23, 2023
Our love prayers sadness are with all of you what a beautiful man so sorry
Posted by Mike and Bonnie Chionchio on September 23, 2023
Want to extend our support to the Bell family. Met Chad for the first time at Ryan’s wedding. Even after all this time he was so memorable with his sense of humor. Praying for all and sending love.
Posted by Connie Hein on September 23, 2023
My friend-your light was bright! Loved seeing you each week-always a friend or 2 in tow! You will be missed at CRGI!
Posted by Kelly Arends on September 23, 2023
Chad it was great knowing you for the last 4 months! Watching you grow and succeed in Grand Island was amazing and hearing you say “this is home”. Your upbeat attitude will be missed as well as your friendship to all. Keep a watch over all of us here is Grand Island! Rest in Peace Chad!
Posted by Kevin Wendt on September 23, 2023
Chad, I only knew you a few months but you were an amazing guy. May God keep you and give you all the blessings by his side now. Rest in peace buddy.
Posted by Aunt Lori on September 23, 2023
Remembering all the great memories that we had while you were growing up, the many summer trips to Pennsylvania and trips made out to see you in South Dakota. You and Ryan getting to come here for Christmas those are such cherished memories. Chad you will always be remembered and loved.
Posted by Linda and Lori on September 23, 2023
Tom, Deb, Ryan and family Just know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish we could be with you through this sad time. Sending all our love
Posted by Aunt Linda on September 23, 2023
Chad I always loved how you were such a funny kid. We always say your sense of humor was the best I wish we had more time with you. I will think of you often and smile over the memories we had.
Posted by Sally Barrett on September 23, 2023
I’ve always wanted you to be able to meet my family, Chad and I value our small messages we sent to each other checking in. I hope you felt that love cause I felt it from you. It makes my heart full see these messages from everyone. Love you cousin and thanks for all the laughs. As Ryan said, you were the best inventor of jokes. Miss you and we’ll meet again.
Posted by Larry and Dorothy Weigandt on September 22, 2023
We are so sorry to hear of your Son's passing. You are in our prayers.
Posted by Deb Wilson on September 22, 2023
Tom and Deb -My heart breaks for the pain
I know you are going thru. May all your precious memories help you as you travel this journey. May God enfold you in his precious arms..
Posted by Matthew weeks on September 22, 2023
Much love my dude, will never forget catching crappies and turtles with you. Rip man.
Posted by Lori Brown-Cihak on September 22, 2023
Sorry to hear of Chad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Meredith Hilton McLeod on September 22, 2023
Deb and Tom, Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Denny Kaemingk on September 22, 2023
Deb and Tom
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult time.
May you find God’s grace for the road ahead.
Posted by Barrett Stinson on September 22, 2023
Condolences to the Bell family. While I, and others at Third City Church in Grand Island, only knew Chad for months, we are grieving. We witnessed such a positive transformation in a short time, his absence is shocking. He was a larger than life personality possessed with humility, a sense of humor, and compassion for others; especially his brothers in arms at the VA. We were blessed to know Chad. We all would’ve liked to know him better. Good bless!
Posted by Moe Atencio on September 22, 2023
I got to know Chad these past few months, he was my next door neighbor. I know Chad will be missed by all of his peers and co-workers. Rest in Peace Chadwick🙏🏽
Posted by Sarah (Grove) Phillips on September 22, 2023
My heart hurts for you! I pray that God held Chad in his last moments here and welcomed him home when he passed. You are all in my prayers. Chad was full of life in high school. I am praying for all who knew and love him especially his family Tom, Deb and Ryan, my heart and prayers are with you.
Posted by Norma Tierney on September 21, 2023
Deb and Tom and family, my deepest condolences on your loss♥️
Posted by joe murphy on September 21, 2023
Tom and Deb sorry for your loss . Prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Megan Malde Eaton on September 21, 2023
I am so sorry to hear this! My sympathies to the Bell family; may Chad rest in peace. We knew each other in high school.
Posted by Bobbie Beens on September 21, 2023
I'm saddened and heartsick to hear of your loss. We are never fully ready for the loss of a loved one and the grief is felt by all, I know this only too well. My prayers are with you all, not just today but for always. God blessings be upon you.
Posted by Joe Poloncic on September 21, 2023
I had only known Chad the last couple of months working here in Grand Island at the VA. Nice as all can be. I was looking forward to him gaining employment here as he would've been a great team member. He had talked about fond memories growning up and playing sports. We all enjoyed his comical personality and enthusiasm. May he rest in peace and prayers for the family. Lord have mercy.
Posted by Lonnie and Mary Bollock on September 21, 2023
Our hearts are broken for your family. You will be in our prayers in the days ahead...
Posted by Lucy Halverson on September 21, 2023
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with the Bell family.
Posted by Tama Backlund on September 21, 2023
My deepest sympathy, Deb and Tom.
Posted by Duane wagner on September 21, 2023
My heart hurts for you Tom and Deb. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Paula on September 20, 2023
Hey Chad! Love you buddy! Best memories with you back in the day! Cheers! 😇
Posted by Mike and Cindy Graham on September 20, 2023
So so sorry. Our hearts are breaking for you. Thinking of you all and sending prayers.
Posted by Michelle Studer on September 20, 2023
So sorry to hear of Chad’s untimely passing. My heart goes out to you. We had fun times when I babysat the boys.
Posted by John Wenande on September 20, 2023
Tom, Deb, and Ryan, I am so sorry to read of Chad's passing. It seems like yesterday when we would watch he and Jeff Wenande-Bell scour the shores of Lake Hanson for frogs and turtles. They were joined at the hip in those happy days. May the Good Lord grant Chad peace and happiness in the next dimension, and may you find comfort and peace in your memories and faith. We all get there someday.
Posted by Jeff Wenande on September 20, 2023
One of my great childhood friends. We lost touch a long time ago when our families went different directions like many do. I often think back to those times as kids though and our weekend "expeditions" on Lake Hansen. Those memories will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family.
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