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From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



Michael Bell



Michael Bell, 30114 Pebble Beach Drive, Sun City, California, died November 12, 2012, at home.

He was born April 25, 1941, in Crandon, Wisconsin to Gerald and Marie (Plummer). After graduating in 1959 from Memorial High School and serving in the Marines, Mike returned to attend UW-Eau Claire, playing with the 1963 to 1964 champion Blugold football team. After graduation, he worked for several years as a buyer for John Menard. He married Mary (Kirschbaum) in 1976. Mike bought the first B & B bar and restaurant in Chetek in 1979, expanding to eight locations, including Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, over nearly 30 years. Mike retired in 2008, moving to California to be near his children.

Mike is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Matthew (Karlee), Hemet, CA; a daughter, Adrienne (Adam), Berkeley, CA; a grandson, Blake; two step-grandsons, Aiden and Ethan; a brother, John (Doris), Wausau, WI; a sister-in-law, Diane; and a sister, Sandy (Dick) McDonald.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, Terry, and Russell; and a sister, Jackie.

Mike loved his family, business, and the Green Bay Packers. A private memorial service was held.