John Robert Pell, age 95, retired Brazil businessman passed Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
He was born in Clay County Indiana to Hila Eberwein Pell and John B. Pell August 10, 1924. He grew up in the Shady Lane and Harmony/Knightsville areas. He graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1942. On March 10,1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Rose Marie Morris. Two weeks later, in the same month, he was drafted into the US Army Air Corp. He served in the European area in England, Italy and France during World War II. He was discharged in September 1945 after the Japanese war ended. John and Rose Marie had four sons, John E., Timothy A., Chris D., and Bradley R. He was in business with his father for General Roofing and Siding (later known as Pell Roofing & Siding) for several years in Brazil and Frankfort, Indiana. After his father’s death, he became owner of the company. Later he owned Pell & Sons Hardware, a section of Pell’s Bargain Mart. For a time, the company had branches in Cloverdale, Rockville and Attica.
He was a longtime member of the Harmony United Methodist Church. His other memberships included VFW, The American Legion, The Masons and the Scottish Rite. He served on the board of the Calcutta Cemetery for almost thirty years. He was a staunch supporter of the Clay Community Theatre and served as Vice President for many years.
He loved barn animals and raised miniature ponies, donkeys and mules for many years. He was a lifetime member of the American Mule and Donkey Society and the Midwest Society. After he retired, he loved keeping a barn zoo for the grandchildren and the neighborhood children. He loved his church and his family so much.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie, and three sons: John E. Pell (Jo Ann), Chris D. Pell (Susan), and Bradley R. Pell (Barbara); fourteen grandchildren: Lisa Bullerdick (Don), Miranda Brown (Jeff), John W. Pell (Kari), Lottie Barcus (Rick), Jonathon Raguse, Chelsea Mann (Chris), Brant Pell, Kent Pell (Shelby), Brady Pell (Heather), Stace Pell, Nicholas Pell (Christina), Heidi Babkowski (AJ), Jason Pell (Brooke), Trent Pell (Heather); 27 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Also, a sister Shirley Koehler (Chris), and sister-in-law, Shirley Pell, daughter-in-law, Kenna Pell, as well as many special cousins, nieces, nephews, a large extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Timothy A., and two brothers, William E. and James E.
Visitation will take place at Lawson-Miller Chapel in Brazil on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be Tuesday, December 3, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. with eight grandsons serving as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Mark Mullinix will officiate.
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