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James Nelson Bedell

April 27, 1951 ~ April 30, 2019 (age 68)

James Nelson Bedell Jr, 68, of Prairie Home passed away at his home on April 30, 2019. James was born April 27, 1951 in Hammond, Indiana the son of James Nelson Bedell Sr and Glendola Nave. He had three brothers Carl, Clyde and Glen and one sister Helen. He always enjoyed visiting his grandmothers farm in Missouri as a child. He decided in 1977 when he married Sandra Carey on May 20th that he would make their home in Prairie Home with their children Lisa, Ian and Ashley. James joined the labor union local 662 out of Jefferson City in June of 1979. Where he would later join local 955 out of Columbia and retire in 2010. James was a hard worker and would offer a helping hand to his friends and family. He was fun, loving and had a crazy personality and a great sense of humor. He never new a stranger and made a new friend everywhere he went. He loved racing of any kind. He loved traveling all over the United States with his wife and many friends. On his last trip he rode his motorcycle to the top of Pikes Peak in September of 2018. 

James is preceded in death by his parents James and Glendola Bedell. His brothers Carl and Clyde Bedell and one sister Helen Bedell. 

He was survived by his wife Sandra Bedell, his daughter Lisa and her husband Mark Crawford of Goshen, Indiana. Ian and his wife Lea Ann Bedell of Boonville, Missouri and his daughter Ashley Bedell and fiancée Jason Battles of Saint James, Missouri. His brother and sister in law Glen and Veda Bedell, Brad and Chrisan Shropshire, Scott and Hattie Carey, Kathy Bedell, and mother in law Marilyn Carey. Grandchildren Erik Bedell, Jaxson Sieckman, Austin Hatfield, Brendon Crawford, Benjamin Battles, Casey Bedell, Avery Bedell and Maddox Winnett. His cousins and nieces and nephews and extended family. 

A celebration of life will be held at Howard Funeral Home on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 1:00- 3:00 P.M.

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