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John Russell Bell
John Russell BellMasonryJohn Russell Bell, age 95 of Richwood died early Tuesday morning, February 14, 2012 at Marion General Hospital.  He was born April 15, 1916 in Leesburg Township to the late R. Fay and Caroline (Laird) Bell.

On March 25, 1944 he married the former Lydia Woleslagel in the home of her parents outside of Prospect and she died January 9, 2010.  He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Richard Bell, a brother, Richard Bell and a brother-in-law, Truce Clime Woleslagel .

A graduate of Richwood High School, he was a life-long farmer and fisherman.  John owned a motor home and loved to travel all over the nation, and attended President Reagan’s inauguration in 1981.

A 75-year member of Mt. Carmel Lodge #303 Free and Accepted Masons in Richwood, he was very active in Freemasonry and its satellite organizations, having been Past Master of the lodge in 1944 and 1994, a 65-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mary Chapter 9 and the former Mt. Carmel Chapter 42 in Richwood where he and his wife, Lydia served as Worthy Matron and Patron.  John was High Priest of Marysville Chapter of Royal Arch Masons #89 in 1951 and Illustrious Master of Marysville Council of Royal and Select Masons #98 in 1954.  He was a 60-year member of Valley of Columbus Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite where he had served as Ambassador, a 60-year member of Marion Commandry #36 and 50-year member of Aladdin Shrine.

John was a Claibourne Township trustee for 12 years and was Past Chairman of the Union County Trustees and Clerks.  He was a Republican Central Committeeman for over 50 years, Chairman of the Union County Republican Party, Claibourne Grange, former State Grange Deputy and Youth Chairman, member of Claibourne United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for 12 years.  He served on the Richwood Fair Board for 40 years, served on the Auxiliary Sheriff Department in Union County and was a past member of the Union County Board of Elections.

He is survived by five children, John Ed (Linda) Bell, Richwood; Bonnie Bell, Richwood; Caroline (Bill) Lucas, Prospect; Joe Bell, Richwood, Mary (Rich Cappell) Snider, Marysville; seven grandchildren, John Willis Jr., Miranda (Jason) Swartz, Dannette Lucas, Andrea (Chris) Zeno, Dawn (Coury) Lucas-Carlson, Jameison (Holly) Snider, Katherine (Russell) Weymouth; four great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Laney, Heather Swartz, Joel Zeno and Henri Zeno.

Services will be Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM in the Mt. Carmel Lodge, 131 North Franklin Street, Richwood, beginning with an Order of the Eastern Star Service conducted by Mary Chapter 9, followed by a Masonic Service conducted by Mt. Carmel Lodge #303, and concluding with a Celebration of Life officiated by Pastor Steve Brown.  Friends may call beginning at noon on Saturday at the lodge prior to the services.  Private family graveside services will take place at a later date in the Claibourne Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the 32nd degree Masonic Learning Center, 290 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, OH  43017.

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#1 from: Larry Nibert
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

So Sorry to hear about the loss of John R .

#2 from: Barb Parish
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Caroline and all the rest of the Bell family~ Sorry to hear about John's death. He was a good citizen and a good neighbor. He certainly had a rich, full life. I know that you will all miss him and I'll be praying for you.

#3 from: Mark Basil
Raymond, OH
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

As a brother Mason, John always spoke kindly to me and offered good advice.  His kindness will never be forgotten. A man like him is indeed a rarity.

#4 from: Angela, Aaron & Alayna Moore
Delaware, OH
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Sending hugs and prayers to you all.

Angela, Aaron & Alayna Moore

#5 from: JohnaNibert
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Sor sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I know you have many good memories . Thinking of you .
         Bill and Johna Nibert

#6 from: Ralph & Mary Lee
Marion, OH
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Just wanted to extend to to your family our sincere sympathy.  We can't think of John without also thinking of Lydia.  We enjoyed many Masonic and Eastern Star events with them and recall their dedication to these orders and to each other.  They have left a wonderful family, to carry on their legacy.  

#7 from: Mandy Miranda Willis Swartz
Prospect, OH
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

After a Lifetime with you (Grandpa Whiskers)being blessed with your Love, Hugs, and never ending wisdom.  I can say that our family has learned many of valuable lessons of how to Love one another with a bit of quick wit, forgiveness & humor.  Also, how to be a good neihbor and friend to everyone while still being true to yourself.. Thank you for the Life Lessons..We will Miss you Dearly..Your heart is not broken anymore..So glad you and Grandma are finally together again..She was your true Soul Mate like you said..Till we meet again my Angel..Blue Ribbons forever (; Thank you to all for all your kind words & condolences in our time of grief.. Grandpa always said.."you always know who your real friends are" And that said..We are Blessed to have all of you...Thank you  God Bless

#8 from: Karen Roof
Hockessin, Delaware
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Dear Family,
  I am so glad that I got to see your dad last spring in Marysville at Mary's home after my family gathered at the Marysville Cemetery to remember & interr Aunt Margaret's ashes.  I thought at that time what an amazing person he was.  We all enjoyed his reminiscences & especially the joy that bubbled out of him.  That joy was what I remembered of him when I was a little kid and you all would stop by Grandma's when we would be there visiting.  A smile, a twinkle....that was John Russell.  He'll be a smile and a twinkle in heaven now.  You all have my sympathy as I know how much you will miss him.  Love to you all, Karen (Moore) Roof

Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Caroline and all family members - I believe each life is a book.  Your Dad and Mom were such community minded and well liked people.  Your Dad's last chapter in his book are filled with great memories.  r
Prayers for all of you.r
Mary Ann and Terry

#10 from: Brian Fields
Greenfield, Ohio
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

To the Bell Family;
 Truely sorry to hear of the loss of John Russell. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

#11 from: Jerry & Dianne Belt
North Port, FL
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Just wanted to let you know that Dianne and I sorry for your loss. John R. was really well liked and respected in the Lodge and we will never be able to replace him. I know everyone is praying for you. Wish we could be there for the services to honor John R. but we can't get back in time.

#12 from: Roberta Cole & Betty (Brown) Snyder
Pittsboro, NC
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

We were so sorry to hear the news of your father passing away. It sounds like he was involved in many things during his life time.  I'm sure that he made many friends throughout his life and leaves behind many loving relatives!  We so look forward to going Home and having a BIG family reunion in Heaven!!  (Bonnie Bell is Betty Snyder's cousin)

#13 from: Dave Kennedy
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Your dad and mom and my dad and mom are from a special generation in American history and I praise the Lord for the them, almost 100 years of core American history.  I have not forgetten the summer time I had the opportunity to be with you all on the farm, baling hay and eating corn and just living the good tough life....a story to be told again and again.  Thank you to John and Lydia for those memories.  As I go forward I remember you both.  

#14 from: Gary & Linda Mannasmith
5922 Stuckey Rd. Creston, oh 44217
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

So sorry for your loss, John was getting real tired and ready to reunite with your Mother and Family. As my Dad said, Living this long,most of your Family and Friends are already gone. May your faith in our Lord bring you comfort in the days ahead.

#15 from: Doug Roof
Hockessin, DE
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Bonnie and Family,
It was a privilege to meet John Russell last summer and to get acquainted with all of you who extended such gacious hospitality and invited us in. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. I hope John Russell's positive impact on your family continues well beyond his passing.
Doug Roof

#16 from: Carole Sue Greene (Clapsaddle)
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

John Ed, Bonnie and family,
I was sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

#17 from: Scott and Lou Ann Davis
Marysville, Ohio
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    The Sovereign LORD is my strength!
                           Habakkuk 3:19
Dear Friends,
Your father was a kind, trusting man. He was a friendly and caring neighbor to us for many years.   Your father ran, with great endurance, the race God set before him. He was always ready to lend a helping hand or speek a kind word.  The light of God clearly shone through him as he went about his daily activities.  John will be dearly missed not only in our small community, but far beyond our boundries as well.
May God blanket you with His comfort and peace today and also in the days and weeks ahead.
Scott and Lou Ann Davis and family


#18 from: Katie and Milo Roof
Hood River, OR
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of John. We are grateful to have gotten the chance to meet him last spring and enjoy his company and reminiscing of the days from my mother's (Karen Roof) childhood. I know he will be greatly missed.

#19 from: Christina  Roof Studer
Cincinnati, OH
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

My husband, Bill, and I had the pleasure of meeting John last spring while in Marysville for Margaret Spurrier's memorial service. I am sister-in-law to Karen Moore Roof, and we were invited back to the house to visit with John and his daughters. We enjoyed the hospitality and talking to John reminded me so much of my dear father who, like John, was very active, witty and a delight to be with; he lived to be 99. Peace be with you. Chris and Bill

#20 from: Sue Hanby Griffiths
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Bonnie and family,
Your father was such a great person.  We will certainly miss him at the Mary Chapter meetings.  I hope you know what a fine person he was.  You have my sincerest sympathies.

#21 from: Mary Florence Blue
The Halcyon--Marysville, OH
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.  May you find comfort in the many memories you shared.

#22 from: Mrs. Edward Core, Jr.
Rushsylvania,  Ohio
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Just wanted to let you know I saw John's obituary in the Bellefontaine Examiner and wanted to express my sympathy to the family.  Ed had many experiences with the family and though he is gone, I wanted to let you know I was thinking about the family.  You were all such hard working, good people.     Joyce Core

#23 from: Peggy Silvers
Bellefontaine, OH
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

  I was so sorry to hear about John.  I have many good childhood memories of our family coming down to the farm and visiting.  My dad, Don Langstaff, was very close to his cousin John and he will be greatly missed.  It is sad that they are both gone now and I hope your memories of John will help ease your sadness.

#24 from: Dan Foos
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

To the entire family I extend my sympathy, I have been out of town and only today learned of your loss.   I have many good memories of your parents, they were truly part of a great generation.
God Bless you all

#25 from: Pam (Fields) Alli
Belleville MI
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Mary & family -  Just found out about your Dad's passing.  Our prayers & sympathy are with you.  John had a full life!   I have numerous memories of all the years (and boy were there a lot) I spent at your house with your family -- trying to get me to drink coffee; living on the farm; many sleepovers; lots of fun!  Always felt like part of the family!  Know that I'm thinking of you!

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