202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 11/29/2013 14:00:00
401 E Howard St. Willard OH 44890 11/30/2013 10:00:00
Donald E. Bell of Willard went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2013.
He was a lifelong Willard resident born on February 8, 1923 to Charles and Elizabeth (Howard) Bell. As a young man he said he knew everyone in Willard.
Don graduated from Willard High School in 1941 and joined the army in 1942. He served in the 35th infantry division in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He married Pauline Noble in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1999, after more than 52 years of marriage. He was employed at the Air Force Depot in Shelby and retired from NASA Plum Brook in 1975. He went on to a second career in a variety of sales and management occupations. He was a founding member of the Willard Golf Club serving several terms on the board of directors and managed the clubhouse for two years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Willard Elks for over seventy years and the Willard American Legion.
In retirement Don enjoyed playing golf, spending time with friends at Jump’s Clothing Store, the Varsity Deli and Dynasty Lanes Bowling alley. He served for several years as an Age Exchange youth mentor and at the youth programs at his church. His grandsons were his pride and joy. Don was very much a people oriented person and was loved and respected by everyone he met. He knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
In addition to his wife and parents, a sister, Kathryn Funk, brother Howard Bell and nephew Jack Kirby preceded him in death.
He is survived by son Michael (Jan) Bell, grandsons Aaron Bell and Evan Bell of Columbus, niece Diane (Warren) Fish, nephews Walter (Linda) Cook, Rick (Mary) Bell, Rob (Brenda) Bell, great niece Victoria Kirby, great nephew Scott (Jamie) Bell.
Calling hours are Friday, November 29 from 2 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM at the Secor Funeral Home, 202 W. Maple, Willard. Funeral service is 10 AM, Saturday, November 30 at the First United Methodist Church, 401 East Howard, Willard.
Funeral officiants are Rev. Douglas Beggs and Rev. Warren Fish. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven.
Donations may be made to the Willard Centennial Scholarship Fund or organization of the donor’s choice.
Mike and Family, So sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a kind man who seemed to always have a positive outlook on things. Didn’t seem to have an unfriendly word to say. Prayers to your family.
To the Bell family. I am so sorry for your loss. Don was one of my favorite people…he always made me laugh. I enjoyed him at the golf course and especially working up at Jump’s Clothing. He will be missed
Mike, Jan, Bell, Aaron and Evan, My deepest sympathies on Don’s passing. He was a great man, very kind and always had time to chat with a friend.He will be missed! May God give you the strength to get through this most difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Don was one of the brightest yet practical men I have ever met. I will sorely miss his insights and willingness to educate me on so many topics.I will always hold dear our time of prayer togather a few weeks ago. May the God that has embraced Don embrace you during this difficult time.
Mike, Jan and Boys,
The Wolfe family sends you lots of hugs and kisses to comfort you at the loss of Don. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. KJ was sad when he heard of Don’s passing, but he knows he is in heaven with the Lord. Tana will miss being called Sally Smith, by Mr. Bell. He touched so many young people’s lives. God is getting a special angel. Phil, Sue, Ryan, Kevin and all the grandchildren.
Mike, Jan & Boys
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go
through this difficult time. You Dad was a special guy to us and he will be missed. But, we
know that the Lord welcomed him home with open arms.
Don was such an awesome person. We will all miss seeing him out and about. He was always the entertainment at out Bible study dinners at Varsity Club. Now he’ll be entertaining in heaven! My deepest condolences.
Got to know Don working together at Jump’s Clothing and enjoyed every minute of it. Best times were playing golf on Wednesday afternoons with the original Downtown Quarterbacks! Had many of laughs and great conversations with Don, that I will cherish forever. Thanks for your time with me!
Mike and family: Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Mike, Jan and Family; I want to share my sympathy in your loss of your father and grandfather. Know this loss is shared by so many others. My prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Mike and Family, so sorry to see such a good man taken, but in Heaven he is standing tall and happy to be with our Lord.
Mike and family: Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. May the Lord Jesus comfort you and your family. You are in my prayers. God Bless You.
Mike & Jan,
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. It doesn’t make any difference how old we are when we lose them, it hurts, and we miss them the rest of our lives.
Heaven has a new angel — and one with so much experience! We will miss him in so many ways. Sending deepest sympathy your way.
To the Bell family, we are sorry for your loss. God bless
Mike and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May our merciful God grant you comfort and peace.
Cynthia Lewellen Branham