Ray Bell (1931 - 2016)

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BELLVILLE: Ray Bell passed away Sunday May 1, 2016 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness. He was 85.

Ray was born January 26, 1931 in Plymouth to parents Raymond & Ruth (Gundrum) Bell. He joined the Naval Reserves while still in high school. After he was graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1949, Ray joined the Marine Corps. Following basic training Ray worked as a supplier, stationed in Barstow, California. While there he played football for the Marine Corps. Ray was honorably discharged in 1953.

Ray married Phyllis Poorman in Los Angeles, California on May 30, 1952. Together they settled in Bellville and raised three children.

Ray worked as a carpenter, building many houses and garages. Later he worked for General Motors and retired after 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed sportsmanship of hunting and the relaxation of fishing.

Ray was a life member of the American Legion Post #535 and AMETS #43 both in Bellville, was a 32nd degree Mason Valley of Canton, and a member of Baku Grotto.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Phyllis Bell of Bellville; children Ronald Bell and Angie (Brett) Martin all of Bellville; grandchildren Ben and Lucas Bell both of Mansfield, Kristy (Michael) Steer of Loudonville, Jeff (Laurie) Keller Bellevue, Wesley Martin of Bellville, and Leigha Martin of Mansfield; eight great grandchildren; sister Vera Walker of Bellville; brother-in-law Gary Poorman of Marion; sister-in-law Lois Ritter of Lexington.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his son Donald Bell, infant grandson Donnie Bell; sisters and brothers-in-law Lala (Carl) Griffith, Jackie (Russell) Kuelling, Homer Walker, and Tom Ritter; father-in-law and mother-in-law Earl and Alice Poorman.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Bellville Cemetery. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate and military honors will be performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ray's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

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Published in Bellville Star from May 4 to May 5, 2016
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