Robert Lee Bell, 88, Gallipolis, passed away at 8:40 A.M. Monday, November 13, 2017 in the Holzer Medical Center. Born February 19, 1929 in Paden City, West Virginia he was the son of the late Oliver Addison and Lelia Crystal Sullinger Bell. He was a retired electrician and was a member for over 65 years of Local #852, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Corinth, Mississippi.
Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran serving two tours of duty in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a Master Mason of Morning Dawn Lodge #7 of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio for over 35 years and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason.
He married Mary Darlene Crace in Kansas City, Missouri in September, 1954 and she preceded him in death on May 6, 1996. He married Loretta Moore on August 7, 2013 in Shade, Ohio and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Bell Jr., Ashland, Kentucky and Michael (Teresa) Bell, Bainbridge, Ohio, grandchildren, Nicole (Michael) Pennington, Lancaster, Ohio, Robert Bell III, Ashland, KY and Amanda (William) Tucker, Tampa, Florida, step-daughter. Brenda ( Craig) Dorst, Athens, Ohio, step-grandchildren, Zachary Dorst, Gabriel Dorst and Addison Dorst, sister-in-law, Shirley Ann Estep, Lebanon, Ohio and a brother-in-law, James Crace, Augusta, Georgia. In addition to his parents and his first wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon M. Bell and Arch E. Bell.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 17, 2017 in the Cremeens-King Funeral Home. Officiating will be Pastor Malcolm Grueser. Interment will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Ohio Township. Friends may call from 6 – 8 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
Masonic funeral services will be conducted by the Morning Dawn Lodge #7, F. & A.M. at 8 pm Thursday in the chapel. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Gallia County Funeral Detail Team. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensking.com