Harlan Curtis Bell, 79, Bethesda, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 2, 2017, with his family by his side in his home. Born March 7, 1938 in Barnesville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank C. Bell and Corolean C. Marks Bell.
Throughout his career, he was an employee at the Belmont County Engineer's Office in St. Clairsville, Vice President of People's Building and Loan Bank in Barnesville, Manager at Village Lumber in Barnesville, Business Manager at Blaney Lumber in Bethesda, Owner of H & D Properties Inc. in Barnesville, and Owner of Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf and Batting Cages in Bethesda.
He was very involved in the community and served as the past President of the Barnesville Chamber of Commerce, member of Belmont County REACT team and member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. He was instrumental in establishing and constructing the first Belmont County 911 Call Center in St. Clairsville. He was also recognized on a national magazine cover for building the first solar hardwood drying kilns in the United States.
He was often called upon by local doctors to serve as a mentor to other amputees due to his many accomplishments and willingness to help others. Whenever someone asked Harlan about the loss of his arm, he would tell them it was the "best thing that ever happened to me short of meeting my wife (Dorothy)."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Dorothy Bell and his brother, Frank M. Bell.
Harlan is survived by his daughters, Brenda (Tom) Hayest, and Diane (Michelle) Bell all of Gahanna, Ohio; granddaughters, Allison (Kyle) Brooks of Westerville, Ohio, Andrea (Colin) Brooks of Waukesha, Wisconsin; brother, Bryson Bell of Bellefontaine, Ohio; and sister-in-law Glenda "Mike" Bell of Katy, Texas.
Honoring Harlan's wishes, there was no visitation and a private service and interment were held at Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda.
The family has entrusted the care of Harlan with Patron Funeral Homes & Crematory Kelly Kemp Braido, Bethesda.
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