April 12, 1933- March 31, 2021
Lowell Bell was born April 12, 1933 to Lowell and Lottie (Rowe) Bell in Waco Texas. As a boy he taught himself to carve and earned money making wooden toys to sell to his neighbors. He dreamed of becoming a toy designer, but ultimately pursued a very different path. A 1954 graduate of Tuskegee Institute, he received a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF. He entered pilot training at Marana AB, AZ in 1955 and received his wings with class 56-O at Laughlin AFB, TX in 1956. He served for 24 years flying a variety of trainer and fighter aircraft, including the F-105 Thunderchief in Vietnam. He retired as a Colonel and was recognized with numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, The Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star medal.
Lowell met and married Pat (Barker), his wife of 62 years, while stationed in Sacramento CA. His assignments carried them to air bases around the USA and Europe, including the first assignment for an African American officer and his family in Iceland. After retiring from the Air Force in Colorado Springs, he worked for Capp Homes and Brown Disc Manufacturing Company, where he retired as VP of Operations.
He was active in the community, having served on several committees including the Colorado Springs Human Relations Committee and the El Paso County planning committee. He participated in the Big Brother program, was the immediate past President of the Huber L. “Hooks” Jones chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and was also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Throughout his life he continued to carve, developing his woodworking skills to include building furniture, carousel animals, houses, and even a Model A “Woody” style roadster. He was a long-time member of the Pikes Peak Model A Ford club.
Lowell was a big man with a big personality. His many friends and acquaintances reflected his affinity for people of all backgrounds.
He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Nina, and is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Deb Harrison (Torry); son, Dutch; and six grandchildren.
A private service will be held on Friday, April 23rd. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mile High Flight, c/o of Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., P.O. Box 370431, Denver CO 80237