Kraft Funeral Service

708 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN


William "Sarge" Charles Bell

July 15, 1933February 27, 2020

William "Sarge" Charles Bell , 86, of Clarksville, Indiana passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Robley Rex VA Medical Center. He was born on July 15, 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Charles and Mary Louise Leschner Bell. He was a retired Green Beret from the United States Army. During Sarge's military career as an Army Ranger and Special Forces (82nd Airborne), he served his country proudly with two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam. He was a member of the Masonic Temple 340 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the Redman Club and was a Kosair Shriner. He celebrated 39 years of sobriety and was a friend to AA. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a step son, David Leach; brothers, Frank Bell and Karl (Ann Gunn) Bell; and a nephew, Kelly Bell.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Leach Bell; children, Debbie (Chet) Deich, Mary "Lou" (Bobby) Brooks and Jimmy (Carol) Bell; step-children, Cathy Leach-Koerber, Chris (Janet) Leach, Danny (Tina) Leach and Rena Leach; 4 grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 16 step great-grandchildren; brother, Rex (Lou) Bell; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bell Gordon; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 2-8 on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana and from 10-11 on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150.

Inurnment will be Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:00 am at New Albany National Cemetery, 1923 Ekin Avenue, New Albany, Indiana 47150.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Monday, March 2, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Inurnment Thursday, March 5, 2020


William "Sarge" Charles Bell

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Vicki Melton

March 1, 2020

Janet, Chris, Brooke and Jennifer,
We wish to share our condolences to your family. May you be comforted and surrounded by God's Love at this sorrowful time.
Our prayerful thoughts are with you all,
Vicki Melton and family.

Dano Leach

February 29, 2020

He will be greatly missed. Love you Bill.

Michael Nolan

February 29, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Judy and the whole family. I meet Sarge in 2001. Every since then we got along like two ole Army buddies would. We quickly realized that we both had retired from the Army with 20 years of service. Sarge was a great american and wonderful friend to have. He will missed by many people. I will definitely miss his phone calls and great conversations about the world today. RIP my buddy and Godspeed.