Bernard Lee “Bernie” Bell

June 14, 1942 ‒ July 22, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Bernard Lee “Bernie” Bell, age 76, of Mount Gilead, and formerly of Columbus, passed away at his home Sunday morning, July 22, 2018.

On June 14, 1942, Bernie was born in Columbus, OH, son of the late Robert F. and Mary L. (Denig) Bell.

In April of 1962, Bernie enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He proudly served his country in the 101st Airborne and received his honorable discharge in March 1965.

Bernie was a Goodyear man, through and through.  He grew up in the tire industry with his first job as a kid, under his father’s guidance, being that of a smoothie.  He would go around to cars in parking lots checking tire ware.   If they were smooth, he would place a business card on the windshield.  He owned and managed numerous tire shops over the years.  He and his father started Bell Bros. Inc., in Columbus in 1978, next independently had Sunrush Tire in Chillicothe, and then finally owned B & B Tire in Columbus.  He did more than just sell tires, he truly cared for his customers.

In May of 1993, Bernie married Margaret “Peg” Richey.  They shared the last 25 wonderful years together as husband and wife.

Bernie loved animals, particularly horses.  He raised and rescued them.  He and Peg enjoyed trail riding together.  He loved being outdoors spending time on his gentlemen’s farm.  He also liked fast cars and anything automotive.

They broke the mold with Bernie. He had a good sense of humor and could lighten up the room. He had an endless supply of jokes and little clever sayings like “Never fear when Bell is near”.

Bernie will always be remembered as a people person.  He was full of life, energy and an epitome of a leader full of wisdom.  He was always busy doing something, never sitting still.  Bernie truly loved his family and cherished time spent with them.

Remember Bernie in vibrant fun times, anyone who knew him knew they were in abundance. Celebrate his charismatic enthusiasm of life.

He was an auto guy, adventuresome cowboy and loving husband.

No doubt he was taken too soon, there were more adventures to be had, times shared, but God had other plans.

Bernie will be dearly missed by his wife, Peg, of Mount Gilead; and sister, Cindi Bell of Westerville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Tom and Jerry Bell.

Per Bernie’s wishes, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, Bernie’s family asks that people wishing to give, donate toys in his honor to the Morrow Co. Sheriff’s Office Toy Drive held around Christmas.  Bernie and Peg always enjoyed shopping for and donating toys to this event.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bernie’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Peg, I’m so sorry for your loss. Lee was such a nice man. You know if you need anything all you have to do is call. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • May the God of Tender Mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort family and friends of Bernie. When the last enemy death (1 Corinthians 15:26) strikes grief may be great. God Almighty gives HOPE and PROMISE. All those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus’ voice and COME OUT (John 5: 28,29). God will wipe OUT every tear from their eyes and Death will be NO MORE. Revelation 21:4. Please accept my sincere condolences.