Lyndell Bess

Obituary of Lyndell Bess

Lyndell Bess passed away on January 6, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon at the age of 89.


He was born on August 10, 1932 to Virgil Milton and Lillie Belle (Ratledge) Bess in Delta, Missouri.


He graduated from Advance High School in 1950 and was drafted into the US Army in 1951.  After basic training at Fort Monmouth, NJ he was stationed in Karlsrühe, Germany.


On September 15, 1953 he and Bonnie May Bagbey were married in Advance, Missouri and he was discharged from the Army in November 1954.  They moved to St.Louis, Missouri where Lyndell began working as a lineman for Union Electric Company until retiring in 1992 with 38 years of service.  They then moved to Gordonville, Missouri and lived there until 2011 when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska and then to Eugene, Oregon in 2020 to be near family.


Lyndell is survived by his wife, Bonnie; one son, Mark (Sue) Bess; grandchildren Tim (Lysandra) Bess and Abigail Bess; and great-grandchildren Alora and Jacob Bess.  He is also survived by sisters Louise Hinkle, Carolyn Graves and Doris Guzman; and brother CW Bess.


He was preceded in death by his parents;  sister Jean Ezell, and brothers Darrel and Richard Bess.


Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Junction City, Oregon on Tuesday, January 11th at 9am with service to follow at 10am.  Burial to be at Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Oregon at 2pm.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Junction City building fund, 28957 West 18th Street, Junction City, Oregon 97448.

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