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Earl L. Bell, 93, of Sunbury died Tuesday morning (June 5, 2012) at the home of his son.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1918, in Delaware County to the late Fred W. and Nellie (Ashbrook) Bell. A 1938 graduate of Willis High School, he also attended The Ohio State University during the Depression. He worked at Curtis Wright in Columbus as a tool and die maker where they made dive bombers before joining the Navy in 1944. After World War II he worked for General Motors as a tool and die maker in Columbus before helping his wife start Sunbury Cleaners in 1948 and later Johnstown Cleaners in 1951 which they ran for 32 years. He opened his first laundromat in 1954 before they had coin operated washers.

Earl was a member of the Sunbury Christian Church, American Legion, a more than 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, a former Lion and started the Johnstown Business Association. Earl enjoyed boating, travel and he especially enjoyed his horses, including a world record holder and a participant in the Little Brown Jug, which followed a family tradition of racing going back to his grandfather.

He is survived by son, Dennis Bell of Sunbury; sister, Ellen (Bell) Vaughn of Westerville; granddaughter, Amy Bricker of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy R. (Kinnell ) Bell — they were married Nov. 28, 1942 and she died April 3, 2003; sister, Hariett Milla; brothers, Harold, Wymond, Fred, the Rev. Woodrow, Edward and Kermit; and daughter-in-law: Grace (Taylor) Bell.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Mike Bratten officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunbury Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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