Nelson was born December 16, 1937, in Newark, to the late Jacob Edgar and Cora R. (Francis) Bell. As a young man he worked with his dad in the oil fields as a tool dresser and driller for many years. He was also a carpenter for A.E. Nethers, Joe Chaney Construction, John Hauman, and brother-in-law Dale Vermillion. ‘Nelson worked for Vacuform Sign Shop, lnc. as a forklift operator for 24 years until retiring in 2000.
Nelson had many passions and interests throughout his life. In the mid-fifties to late sixty’s he was a member of The Newark Timing Assoc., participating in drag racing at Old 40, Powell Dragstrip, Hyde Park and National Trail Raceways. He was part owner of LeMans Raceway for slot cars. In the sixties, Nelson found a new hobby and sport of shooting and building muzzle loading rifles. He became an accomplished gunsmith, building over 30 fine shooting rifles over the next 40 plus years. He was one of the founders of Deathwind Long Rifles in 1984. Nelson was a member of Mary Ann Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. from 1967-1982. He was a 45 year member of New Home Lodge, #338, F.&A.M., serving as Worshipful Master in 1979, 82, 90, and 2002 and a member of Farmers Mason Lodge #153, F.&A.M., serving as master in 2005 and 2010. He was also a member of Teheran Grotto Warren Chapter #6, Royal Arch Masons, Bigelow Council #7, Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, St. Luke’s Commandery #34 Knights Templar, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons Valley of Columbus and North American Order of Beavers for Buckskinning Masons. He was a long time member of the NRA and played euchre in the Newark league for 30 + years. Nelson was an avid sports fan of NASCAR, drag racing and truck and tractor pulls.
Nelson was married to Ruth Armenitha Banks on August 3, 1956. He proudly built the family home in 1965 where he and Ruthie raised their three sons; Nelson Lee, Noel Robert, and Nyle Jacob. During those early years, the family activities involved gardening, canning, farming, shooting events and camping which they shared with close friends Charlie and Jeannie Vogelmeier and their children. A magical time where the younger ones had no idea work could be such fun when they were all together.
Nelson is survived by his family; his sister Jo Ann McPeek, sons, Nelson Lee (Nancy) Bell and Noel Bell, nine grandsons, one granddaughter and great grandchildren and several dear nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
ln addition to his parents, Nelson is preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruthie of 40 years, daughter Marsha Ann, son Nyle Jacob, brother Charles E. “Sonny”, sisters, Charlotte Skeese and Helen Vermillion, niece Joyce (McPeek) Lennon and nephew Paul McPeek.
We would like to give special thanks to Michelle Dunwoody and Melissa Bay and the amazing Hospice staff that provided such loving care to our dad. Contributions made to Generation Hospice, 1435 A, West Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
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