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Bell Jr., Ralph Wyatt

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September 6, 1926 - January 23, 2019

Bell Jr., Ralph Wyatt

Ralph Wyatt Bell , Dallas native, passed peacefully in his home in Farmers Branch, TX, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph W. Bell, Sr. and Mamie Lynn Henry, wife Billie Jo Lewis, daughter Lisa Diane Schneider, granddaughter Ryan Lindsey Bell , brother Harold J. Bell, sister-in-law Peggy Nell and E.R. Zachary, brother-in-law James Casey Lewis.

Ralph is survived by daughters Deborah Elaine and husband Randy Cox,  Sheree Lyn and Robert J. Mock,  and Christy Janay Bell, son Phillip Wyatt Bell, grandchildren  Randi Elaine Lappin and husband Richard Lappin ,  Matthew Gabriel Cox and wife Jessica Liza, Brandon Struecker, and sisters-in-law Delores Bell, Linda Gay and Noel Hyde, and brother-in-law Tracy Hartline and Thonya.

Great grandchildren include Rachel Lappin Sogge,  Riley Lappin, Jaxon, Mylo, Bazel, and Izobel Cox, McCrae Roberts,  Landon and Noah Struecker.  Great-great grandchildren include Declan and Mya Sogge, Raine and Conner Lappin, Landon and Noah Struecker.

Nephew Bruce Bell and niece Patti Boesch and their children, and many cousins.

Marjorie Sommer and her family who have been especially close these last few years, and many other friends and relatives.

Ralph worked for the John E Mitchell munitions  Company in Dallas as a young man.

He joined the US Navy in August, 1944, and first served on the merchant ship SS Permanente in the Navy gun crew.  He then served on the USS Sacramento gunboat, USS Hanna destroyer escort, USS Mt. Katmai ammunition ship, USS Prairie destroyer tender, USS McGinty destroyer escort, and  USS America amphibious assault ship. His time in the US Navy was always very special to him.

Retiring after 23 years from the Navy as a Lieutenant , he returned to Dallas and worked for Otis Engineering  as a computer analyst for 20 years.

Ralph loved travelling, was an avid reader, and really enjoyed checking out the stock market and YouTube old music on the computer.  He thoroughly enjoyed being able to attend the Honor Flight in September , 2018.

Thanks to Norma Gonzalez and Custom Care Home Health and Hospice for their care in his last days. Officiating will be Neil Schultz.  Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 5- 7 pm at North Dallas Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.honorflightdfw.org

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Darlene weichbrodt

January 30, 2019 7:22AM

R W. Had a terrific smile and friendly spirit. When visiting from okc, for the ou texas football game, he helped navigate me through Dallas to reach the cotton bowl. Such a gentleman and so hospitable. My father,too,was in the navy, serving in the South Pacific. I signed him up for the Honor Flight and it was a highlight of his life. Many thanks for all the dedicated military service. Love. Darlene


Steve Griffith

January 30, 2019 12:18AM

I worked with Mr. Ralph Bell at Otis Engineering in the Systems and Programming department. He was a mentor and fine gentleman. Always helpful and very knowledgeable with work and stock market investing. He will be greatly missed by all who know him.


Gerald Anderson

January 29, 2019 1:08PM

Ralph was a wonderful man and great friend to my family. We are very sad by his passing and your loss.


The Hoverters

January 28, 2019 11:24AM

Mr. Bell - The greatest neighbor! There will never be another one like him! A true gentleman! Love and Miss you! Chad, Christy and Alexis