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Mass of Christian Burial for Ralph Bell will be held on 10 a.m.Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. A prayer service will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-7 p.m.
Ralph Gene Bell passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the age of 85.
The son of Wiley and Elizabeth Williams Bell was born November 5, 1931 in Vinita, Okla. There he was raised, and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. Shortly after graduating in 1950, Ralph was called to serve his country. He enlisted in the United States Air force, where he would serve in the military police during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorary discharge he returned home to Vinita. Again he began working at Bell Poultry, the family business, Eventually Bell Poultry moved to Claremore. It was there that Ralph met Margaret Pannucci. They would marry on August 16, 1958 in Claremore. The newly wed couple moved to Okmulgee where, where Ralph began attending OSU Tech
Having studied Agriculture Science, Ralph returned to Claremore, and continued his work in the Poultry industry. Over the next several years he would work for the family business, Bell Poultry. Then moved to Muskogee working for Swift Poultry and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Then in 1970 he would begin his career with the United States Department of Agriculture which moved him to Fayetteville, Arkansas, this is where he was given his everlasting nick name "Ding Dong Bell". He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture in 1999.
In 1999 Ralph and Margaret moved back to Claremore. There he became an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Ralph was always happy and enjoyed simple pleasures in life.
You could often find Ralph sitting on his patio listening to jazz music, soaking up the sunshine, while refreshing his thirst after a day on his John Deer tractor. Ralph and his four legged Doxion companion "Lil Girl" made sure the yard was in perfect shape at all times. Other past times he enjoyed, were watching his grandchildren and family friends play sports, and watching his favorite Oklahoma Sooners.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Elizabeth Bell; wife, Margaret Bell and 2 sisters.
Survivors include his sons, David Bell and wife Dana of Ketchum, and Darin Bell and wife Amy of Bella Vista, Arkansas; grandchildren, Delaney and Dominic Bell of Bella Vista, and brother, Wayne Bell and wife Joanne of Oklahoma City.
Memorials may be made in honor of Ralph to the Claremore Veterans Center at 3001 West Blue Starr Dr. Claremore, Ok 74017
View and sign Ralph's online memorial at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.
Published on February 14, 2017
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