Frank W. Bell, 86

AUG. 24, 1926-OCT. 31, 2012

October 31, 2012
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Frank Walter Bell, 86, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Fahrney-Keedy Nursing Home in Boonsboro, Md.

Born Aug. 24, 1926, in Mapleville, Md., he was the son of the late Rex Laverne and Elsie Mae Humphry Bell.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Raetta Stuller Bell, in 1995.

He was a 1945 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He was employed by Callas Contractors in Hagerstown, Md., as a superintendent until his retirement.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II. He received the American Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal, and was a carbine expert.

He was a member for 40-plus years of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clear Spring, Md., where he taught Sunday school and was on the church council.

He was a member of National Post Chapter of the American Legion, life member of National Rifle Association, and member of Associated Builders & Contractors Cumberland Valley Chapter.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, coin and stamp collector, and wood butcher.

He is survived by his wife, Constance G. Bailey Bell, married for 14 years, of Falling Waters; daughter, Debra S. Elliott of Bedford, Pa., daughter, Saundra L. Pryor of Waynesboro, Pa.; son, John H. Bell of Falling Waters, son, Frank W. Bell Jr. of Falling Waters; sister, Rebecca Stuller of Falling Waters; brother, Robert R. Bell of Boonsboro, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Jean Bell and Theresa A. Torsky; and one brother, Harry L. Bell.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md. The funeral home will be open Saturday after 1 p.m. for the convenience of family and friends.

Graveside services will be Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, with Pastor Elaine Swinehart officiating. Military graveside services will be provided by AMVETS Post 10 and Marine Corps League of Hagerstown. A memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 198, Clear Spring, MD 21722 or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742

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