Stephen Wesley Bell

Stephen Wesley Bell, 62, Topeka, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Midland Hospice.

He was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Great Bend to Elmer "Pete" and Bernice (Harding) Bell. He attended Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English.

He was a sports writer and editor for The Hays Daily News, Colby Free Press,Great Bend Tribune and Topeka Capital-Journal.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Topeka, for many years and sang in the church choir. He served in the Kiwanis Club, Colby.

Survivors include his wife, Tonya Foster-Bell, Topeka; a son, Shane Bell, Topeka; two brothers, Bill Packard and wife, Andrea, Wichita, and Mike Packard, Winfield; two sisters, Mary Brehm and husband, Steven, Pratt, and Bonnie Hirsh and husband, Monte, Kinsley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell Ave., Topeka; burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Hillside Cemetery, Kinsley. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka.

Memorials are suggested to the Shane A. Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Silver Lake Bank, 2011 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604.

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