Edmund Bell

March 6, 1926May 31, 2012

Edmund Serle Bell, Jr. “Ed,” 86, active resident of the Kendal Community in Granville, Ohio, died May 31, 2012. He was born March 6, 1926 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to parents Edmund Serle Bell Sr. and Margaret Miller Bell. Ed earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at Cornell University where he was sent as a Naval Officer candidate, the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He served on active duty with the U.S. Naval reserve from 1944-1946 and 1955-57. He retired from the Naval service as a Lieutenant in 1960. Upon leaving the Navy, he was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Ed came to Coshocton, Ohio, in 1950 after he was promoted for his efficient handling of the clean up after the troop train wreck in West Lafayette, Ohio. Ed was introduced to his bride Barbara by her brother, Ned Thomson, who worked for Ed during on a summer crew in Coshocton. Ed and the late Barbara Jean Thomson, a fifth-generation Coshoctonian, were married in Coshocton on Nov. 1, 1952. In 1957, Ed accepted a position with Jones Metal Products Co. in West Lafayette, Ohio, as Director of Engineering, where he was employed for 35 years. He retired as Vice President of Engineering, and continued to serve on the Jones Metal Board of Directors until his death. A highlight of his career at Jones Metal was his work with Boeing Corp. in 1969, designing a critical part for the original 747 jumbo jet. A patriot, Ed was a descendent of Revolutionary soldiers who fought for our country’s independence at Valley Forge and Yorktown. Ed was a civic-minded man, and served on the Coshocton City Council for five years in the 1960s; as Chair of the Coshocton County Republican Executive Committee for many years, retiring in 1986; member of the Coshocton County Board of Elections for 14 years; was a former member and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Granville at the time of his death. He was a 50-year member of the Union Masonic Lodge #4 of Morgantown, West Virginia, where his father was a charter member. Ed served on the founding board of the Roscoe Village Foundation and as a trustee of the Pomerene Center for the Arts.An active retiree, Ed enjoyed golf, world travel, bridge and flying his own airplane to visit family and friends. His family remembers his loving devotion to his wife, daughters and grandchildren. Ed is survived by daughters Molly Bell (husband Steve Chrypinski) of Plymouth, MI, and Elizabeth Bell Soppe (husband Dave Soppe) of Dublin, Ohio; grandchildren Kara Bell-Brey, Daniel Chrypinski, Emily and Sarah Soppe; sister Sarah Bell Shrewsbury of Cary, NC; and many nieces and nephews. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Thomson Bell, who died in 1994. He was also predeceased by younger brothers Gordon, Melvin, and Theodore. Friends may call Sunday June 3, from 2-4:30 pm in the Assembly Hall at the Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th Street, Coshocton, Ohio 43812. Services in celebration of Ed’s life will be held in the sanctuary at the church on Monday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kathy Ketchum will officiate. Graveside service will follow at Roscoe Hill Cemetery where the Coshocton County Veterans council will conduct graveside military rites. A memorial service will be held at Kendal of Granville on Tuesday, June 5, at 11:00am. Memorial contributions in Ed’s honor may be made to the American Heart Association online at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 4, 2012

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June 19, 2012

Your Dad, Ed, and my own Dad, Homer Goodwin, were fast friends in Coshocton.
I was a young project engineer in Columbus, when your Dad helped me out tremendously with making pieces of machinery I was building, via Jones Metal.

He was a dear, sweet, sincere man, and I was saddened to hear of his passing.

Fred Goodwin
Plano, Texas

debbie (griley) mentzer

June 8, 2012

molly and elizabeth---i will forever remember your dad...he was so kind, he always had a smile on his face...he was an AWESOME was nice when i was able to see him on sunday mornings...though he moved to granville we still kept in touch at christmas time...please know that you and your families are in my prayers at this difficult time...your dad will be missed

Terry Neal

June 4, 2012

Ed was one of my early mentors and he will be missed.

June 4, 2012

Molly, Elizabeth and extended family. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Ed. The Freeman family extends our heartfelt condolences to you. Ed was a fantastic man. Fleet Freeman, Charleston, South Carolina

American Heart Association

June 4, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

June 3, 2012

Ed was such a great guy. I do remember many times at his home with his family. Curt Crouso

June 3, 2012

I will never forget the wonderful things about Guv, and all he did for his family and those he cared about. He will forever be loved and missed.

Michael Brey

Mike & Peggy Bowman

June 2, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.