Posted: Friday, 29 March 2013 11:41AM

Community mourns the passing of Glendale Coach Howard Bell

Long time Glendale High School baseball Coach Howard Bell passed away early Friday morning at the age of 48 years old.  Bell was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease, or ALS as it's better known, in December of 2011.  He resigned from his position as head coach last spring.
PICTURES: Battle for Bell game vs. Drury last September

Bell was a standout baseball player at Parkview High School before an impressive career at Missouri State in the mid 1980's under Keith Guttin.  He coached at Glendale for 19 years. The first 12 as an assistant to Mark Stratton before a 7-year run as head coach.

Below are some of the many kind words friends, family and acquaintances have given Coach Bell following his untimely passing.

"So fortunate to have worked with Coach Bell for 10 years. The way he lived life is an inspiration to us all. He will always be in my heart." - Joel Heman

"On this Good Friday, my dear friend Coach Bell is experiencing the goodness that comes to those who know Christ." - Josh Kitchin

"Heaven received another angel this morning.... One of my heroes but more importantly a great man. Rip Coach Bell." - Megan Deines

"We send out our prayers for the Bell family, the Glendale family and the SW MO baseball family. Coach Bell was a great friend to us all." - Logan-Rogersville baseball

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Glendale and the Bell family for the loss of Coach Howard Bell this morning." - Mediacom Connections Channel 22

"Proud to have called Coach Howard Bell my friend. RIP Howard. God watch over Kim and the girls. What a great family that taught us so much!" - Kickapoo basketball Coach Dick Rippee

"Please keep Coach Howard Bell in your prayers, he passed away this morning and there aren't enough words to explain how much he meant to us." - The Glendale Flock

"Nothing hurts more than to see my dad cry. RIP Coach Bell, you were a wonderful guy and so many people looked up to you." - Kait Stratton

"Coach Bell was one of the most inspirational people I've ever met. Prayers for his family please!" - Lindsey Bocklage

"Rest in Peace to my first and favorite teacher I've had at Glendale! We'll share stories again one day. Rest in Peace Coach Bell!" - Cassidy Garling

"Good night, Coach Bell. Thanks for your friendship, your example, your smile, and a shared love of baseball." - Ethan Bryan

"RIP Coach Bell you were a GREAT man and even after the disease you continued to do nothing but good for this community." - Ryan Bachus

"Coach Bell, you will be forever missed. Thank you for fighting the good fight and all the ways you were an inspiration to others " - Matt Chamberlin

"RIP Coach Howard Bell. His impact in SW Missouri was incredible. Sad sad news." - Missouri State Bear Nation

"How fitting that Coach Bell would join The Lord on Good Friday." - Thomas Halter

" is playing for Coach Bell & and his family this weekend " - Tyler Burgess, MSU sophomore pitcher

"Coach bell taught me more in high school then anybody and I didn't even know him to well. A perfect role model and a better guy." - Joey Harbour

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