John W. Bell, 80, of Lima, passed away Aug. 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John was born Aug. 7, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Almon L. and Christine Anderson Bell.
On Aug. 3, 1968, he married Marilyn Harruff, who survives in Lima.
John was a U.S. Navy veteran. After 25 years of teaching, he retired from Benjamin Logan School District.
John was an avid reader, who loved live theater, history and traveling. He was a caring teacher, a good husband of 50 years, and a loving father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his children, Kathleen (Matt) Evans, Eric (Debbie) Bell and Amy (Zach) Swisher, all of Bellefontaine; eight grandchildren, Mandi, Brittany, Tyler, Beth, Alexis, Hannah, Emma and Brayten; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Paige; a sister, Carolyn Creager of Dallas, Ga.; a brother, James (Lisa) Bell of Franksville, Wis.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life begins at noon Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Quelhorst Farm, 07945 State Route 197, Wapakoneta, where the family will receive callers beginning at 11 a.m. Jacob King and his grandson, Tyler Evans will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family and Unitarian Fellowship of Lima.
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