James Edgar Bell

May 02, 1928 ‒ September 01, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

James Edgar Bell, 92, of Delaware passed away late Tuesday evening, September 1, 2020 at the Delaware Court Health Care Center.

Born on May 2, 1928 in Delaware, he was the son of the late Edgar and Elizabeth (Utley) Bell. It was at the senior-junior prom of Willis High School, where he courted his future wife Shirley Jane Fraker.

Jim later married Shirley on May 2, 1949 at William Street United Methodist Church and shared 63 wonderful years, raising a family and caring for each other’s needs. The fact that they were both stubborn is one of the many reasons they got along, a kiss every morning and night helped too. Best expressed in Jim’s words, “they lived for each other”. Sadly, Shirley passed away on July 5, 2012.

Jim owned and operated Bell Construction for many years and later worked for PPG Manufacturing. He was a former board member of the Delaware City Schools and Delaware Historical Society and a former member of the Knights of Pythias. When younger, he loved aviation and building model airplanes and later building and flying his own plane.

Those left to cherish his memory include children, Gary (Nancy) Bell, Edgar (Rosemary) Bell, and Jane (Mel Freund) Boysel, all of Delaware; 8 grandchildren, Jodie, Shad, Jamie, Clinton, Adam, Lori, Courtney, and Heather; 23 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, as well as a host of friends.

In addition to his parents and loving wife, Jim was also preceded in death by his brother Charles Bell, his sister Ruth Ellen Bell and his son-in-law Willis Boysel.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where services celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 10:30 am. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery next to Shirley.

Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank, 262 Neil Ave., #140, Columbus, OH 43215 or American Heart Association, 15120 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

To share a fond memory of Jim or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • To Gary, Eddie and Jane so sorry to see your dad has passed away, but I have
    much comfort in knowing he is where he has wanted to be for the last eight years
    with your mother Shirley. He spoke about that when I could visit him before the
    Covid 19 come on us.
    Jim was a very experienced pilot and being a photographer he flew me many
    times to shoot aerial pictures. Jim was very special to our family and was a
    pallbearer to both my mother and father. I will never forget him.

    Will be thinking of you all today and the days to come. May God Bless you.
    Don Piatt.

  • Gary and Family, My prayers are with you at this time of loss. It is so hard to lose a parent. May the lord be with you and yours.

  • I was saddened when I learned of Jim’s passing; but he is now free of his earthly body.
    Condolences to Jim’s Family & Friends. Jim lived a Good & Productive life!
    My memories of Jim began in 1947, when he stayed at our home as he started classes at O.S.U.; then while Jim & Shirley lived on our farm after marriage. In 1956, I worked with Jim building a house west of Delaware. All Good memories.

    Best Wishes to Jim’s Family & Friends!