In Memory: Robert Bell

Bob Bell

Robert Charles (Bob) Bell, age 87 of Roseville, local attorney, died Feb. 10. Bob grew up in the Como Park area, graduated from Murray High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army, Japan, 1944 - 46. Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1950. He formed Peterson, Bell and Converse in 1962 (now Erickson, Bell, Beckman & Quinn). Bob was a state representative from 1966-74 for Roseville area. He was the Roseville city attorney for 36 years; served as special assistant Ramsey County attorney for Long Lake Regional Park acquisition; was a Ramsey County Charter commission member from 2000-08; and was a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow. He was an avid outdoorsman, skier, bridge player, golfer (Midland Hills), forester (member Minnesota Forestry and Minnesota Maple Syrup Producers Associations), hunter, and fly fisherman.

Bob was a devoted, loving husband, dad, grandpa, father-in-law, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. He is sorely missed. He is survived by wife, Carmen, of 59 years; daughters, Caroline Beckman (Dan) and Alison McGinnity (Tony); grandchildren, Sam, John, Julia and Emma; brothers- in-law, Wilfrid J. Anderson and Walter Law; nephews, Jim Erickson (Rita) and Charles Law; nieces, Barbara Ryan, Susie Engberg (Duane), and Wendy Gray (Fred); grandnieces and nephews; and black lab Cooper.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Esther Bell; sisters, Jeanette Law and Margaret Erickson; and brother- in-law, Carl Erickson.

Heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Miguel Ruiz and his staff at Regions Hospital. Funeral service was Feb. 18 at Incarnation Lutheran in Shoreview with interment at Fort Snelling.

Memorials preferred to American Lung Association of Minnesota (Pulmonary Fibrosis) or Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.


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