MARENGO - James F. "Frank" Bellow, 55, of Marengo, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home.
On Nov. 12, 1958, Frank was born in Marion, the son of the late Frank Bellow and Louise (Osborn) Lowe. He attended Buckeye Valley High School where he dropped out his senior year to join the United States Army. He obtained his GED while in the Army. Frank was a proud veteran, a sergeant stationed in Germany during the Cold War and spent most of his time there driving tanks.
After an honorable discharge from the Army, he spent some time in Texas and then moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. He considered himself a Florida boy, loving the weather, air boating, fishing, and hunting and wrestling alligators. He also enjoyed going to NASCAR races and cheering on the Earnhardt's. About 10 years ago, he moved back to Ohio and made Morrow County his home.
In April of 2005, Frank met the love of his life, Jamie Johnson, and they had been inseparable since. Together they enjoyed camping, spending quality time with family, and going to the Plain City Steam Show.
For the last 10 years, Frank worked for Complete Clearing in Marengo as a truck driver. He loved his job, working hard, and the friendships he made there.
He enjoyed watching westerns, especially Gunsmoke or anything with John Wayne in it. He also liked any movies about war.
Frank was an all around nice guy who would do anything for anyone. Being with his family meant everything to him. He was a fun loving kid at heart, a "big old teddy bear."
He will be dearly missed by his "mama" and significant other, Jamie Johnson of Marengo; two daughters: Danielle Jordan of Delaware, Courtney Bellow of Fort Knox, Ky.; three brothers: Larry Mattix of Tennessee, Ron (Melanie) Mattix of Delaware, Jeff (Marla) Jordan of Cardington; a sister: Barb (Tom) Stevens of Marengo; eight nephews: Dana (Stacy) Estep and their boys Caleb and Aidan of Marengo, Zeph Stevens of Worthington, Thomas Jordan of Cardington, Charlie Johnson of Marengo, Anthony, Derrin and Nathan Mattix of Delaware, Frankie Mattix of Tennessee; four nieces: Holly Quick of Ostrander, Tracie Mattix of Fredericktown, Cathy Mattix of Tennessee, Angie Mattix of Fredericktown; two brothers-in-law: Mike Johnson of Marengo, Clinton (Jacque) Johnson of Marengo; aunt, Sandy Metzger of Sunbury; mother-in-law, Pat Johnson of Sunbury; and his good friend and boss, Dave (Melanie) Greenawalt of Marengo. He will also be missed by his canine friends: Benny, Joey, Ginger "Sissy," Foster, Titan, Kya "Sissy," Sasha and Brutus.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Janine Mattix, and their children: Michael, Allen and Ryan Mattix, who were all tragically killed in a plane crash.
Frank's family will greet friends from 12 – 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held there immediately following at 2 p.m. with Pastor Okie Evans officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Marengo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Humane Society of Morrow County, and may be made in care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Frank's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.