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Supportive funeral experts
Our caring funeral directors and support staff live in the area. As a locally operated funeral home, we build long-lasting relationships with each family we serve. We aim to welcome each family as our own and provide a warm atmosphere where you can feel comforted in a difficult time.
Plan a fitting tribute
Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home has served the Duluth community for more than a century. We've built a reputation for integrity and service excellence. Whether you prefer a traditional religious funeral, contemporary celebration of life, military funeral or cremation, we are there for you every step of the way.
We focus on compassion and professionalism as we direct families through the funeral planning process. Our team offers suggestions on obituaries, themes, flowers, visitation hours and other important details. This personal approach ensures you are comfortable with every decision.
Create a special service
Those who wish to plan ahead or have an immediate need may design a funeral or memorial service that celebrates individuality. As we discuss your options, share your loved one's hobbies, interests and achievements, and we'll use those as inspiration to plan a service that is truly unique. All of our options at Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home are customizable, allowing family and friends to honor their legacy while celebrating in style.
Receive personal attention
The staff at Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home takes the time to get to know each family we serve. It's this commitment to our community that enables us to build trusting relationships with families within our community. Contact us to learn about our burial and cremation options or to tour our funeral home in Duluth.
Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home in Duluth, Minnesota, has designed funeral and memorial services for more than100 years. It's our commitment to stellar service that enables us to build lasting relationships with each person we serve.
The early years
In 1912, at the age of 21, Hugh J. Bell left his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to start a funeral business in Duluth, Minnesota. Hugh had a slow start, and in 1914, was joined by his brother, Thomas G. Bell Sr., creating Bell Brothers Funeral Home.
A railroad engineer, astute businessman and community-oriented individual, Thomas Bell enjoyed public speaking and was active in many groups and organizations including Masons, Toastmasters and the Duluth Athletic Club. He served as president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association and was inducted into the Duluth Hall of Fame in 1955 for his outstanding service to the Duluth community. He was known to have assisted students and helped fund their college education.
Family tradition of care
In 1921, Bell Brothers Funeral Home relocated to the corner of Cody Street and 56th Avenue West, remodeling 2 private homes for the business.
In 1925, Hugh died unexpectedly at the age of 34. The only child of Thomas Sr., Thomas G. Bell Jr. served as a Navy pilot during World War II, and was very community-oriented like his father. He took on many responsibilities in the funeral industry as well as the Duluth community. He married Elinor Miller Spicer in Corpus Christi, Texas, and together they raised 6 children in Duluth.
Three of Thomas Jr.’s sons, Thomas G. III, Frank Spicer and Charles Miller, got their start in the family business by washing its fleet of cars in the summertime. After finishing college, Tom, Charlie and Frank joined their father in the family business.
Thomas III became a licensed funeral director and embalmer, joining the business in 1970, after a brief career teaching at Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota. Tom served in many leadership positions in the Duluth community and was president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association. After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Frank S. Bell created Belmar, a business that sold monuments, markers and fiberglass burial vaults. He served as president of Goodwill Industries and was a 2-term president of U.S. Selected Service for the Duluth area. Charles M. Bell, the youngest of the 3 sons, joined the business in 1973, after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. He served as a funeral director and embalmer. In 2005, Charlie was elected into the Duluth Hall of Fame, exactly 50 years after his grandfather, Thomas G. Sr. was elected.
In 1974, Tom, Frank and Charlie purchased Bell Brothers from their father. They each followed their father’s example of community involvement and were active in numerous groups, organizations and causes, including West Duluth Businessmen’s Club, Masons, Rotary, the Boys and Girls Club of Duluth, Ordean Foundation and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas G. Bell Jr. died in 1982. After developing a solid reputation in west Duluth, the remaining brothers saw the opportunity for expansion into east Duluth. In 1986, they purchased the Jarvi Dowd funeral home in East Hillside, Duluth, and successfully grew that business by 50%.
By 1993, Bell Brothers had grown to become the largest funeral service provider in Duluth, employing 15 full-time staff and serving over 500 families annually. In 1998, the brothers sold the funeral home but continued to remain active in its operations after the sale.
Hugh J. Bell and Thomas G. Bell Sr. began Bell Brothers with a commitment to a high standard of service. Throughout our history, we’ve been leaders and innovators while maintaining high standards. Everyone at Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home is proud to uphold our heritage and commitment to the community.