Earl I. Bell
Earl L. Bell, 93, Sunbury, died Tuesday morning, June 5, 2012, at the home of his son.
He was born on December 2, 1918, in Delaware County to the late Fred W. and Nellie (Ashbrook) Bell. A 1938 graduate of Delaware Willis High School, he also attended The Ohio State University during the depression.
Earl worked at Curtis Wright in Columbus as a tool and die maker where dive bombers were manufactured before joining the Navy in 1944. After World War II he worked for General Motors as a tool and die maker in Columbus before helping his wife start Sunbury Cleaners in 1948 and later Johnstown Cleaners in 1951 which they ran for 32 years. He opened his first Laundromat in 1954 before they had coin operated washers.
Earl was a member of the Sunbury Christian Church, American Legion, a 50-plus year member of the Masonic Lodge, former Lion and started the Johnstown Business Association. Earl enjoyed boating, travel, and he especially enjoyed his horses, including a world record holder and a participant in the Little Brown Jug, which followed a family tradition of racing going back to his grandfather.
He is preceded by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy R. (Kinnell ) Bell, whom he married November 28, 1942, she passed April 3, 2003; a sister, Hariett Milla; brothers, Harold, Wymond, Fred, Rev. Woodrow, Edward and Kermit; and by a daughter-in-law, Grace (Taylor) Bell.
He is survived by a son, Dennis Bell of Sunbury; a sister, Ellen (Bell) Vaughn of Westerville; a granddaughter, Amy Bricker of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as well as by cousins, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were held Friday (June 8, 2012) at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services were held Saturday (June 9, 2012) with Pastor Mike Bratten officiating.
Interment followed in Sunbury Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rroad, Dublin, Ohio 43017.
Condolences may be expressed at < www.snyderfuneralhomes.com >.