Frank Edwin Bell, affectionately known as Pappy, 66, from Lisbon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday March 26, 2023 in the ICU at Salem Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Frank was born in Weirton, West Virginia on February 5th 1957. He grew up in Paris, Pennsylvania. Frank graduated with the class of 1975 from Burgettstown High School in Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended trade school for certification in welding.
Frank started his career as a welder and advanced to an industrial maintenance technician which he excelled at. He previously worked at Weirton Steel, Steel Built Corp, Fairfield Machine and George Mitchell Company.
Frank had a fun personality. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed mudbogging, as well as driving and offroading his beloved red Jeep Wrangler. He loved cars and motorcycles and spent many days riding. He was a hard working man who could fix anything with a motor and could get anything running. He liked assembling model cars and airplanes, driving remote control cars and flying remote control helicopters.
Frank was an avid pencil artist who had a knack for drawing cars and the outdoors, but he could draw anything. You could always catch him doodling when he was sitting at the counter visiting with his family. He liked working in the yard, bonfires and get togethers with the kids, birdwatching, playing 8 ball billiards, target practice shooting, hunting in his younger days, playing games on his tablet, and listening to music. He especially loved Carol King.
Frank also liked to prepare food and cook. He always offered food to everyone who came over and always said if you left hungry, it was your own fault. He very much enjoyed drinking his Busch beer and was always ready for a cold one after a long day of work. Frank’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving because he loved to cook, eat, and spend the day with family.
Frank was a great father and grandfather. He had an especially close bond with his grandchild Wade 'Hotrod' Coil. A couple of their favorite past times were riding Pappy's tractor and messing up each others hair. Frank will be remembered for his stories of the past, his good cooking, and his love for his family.
Frank was preceeded in death by his parents Helen and Robert Bell, and his brother-in-law Ray McCullough, who was like a father to Frank.
Frank leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Donna Bell of Lisbon, children Jared Malmsberry of Lisbon, Heather (Ryan) Beagle of West Virginia, and Amanda Malmsberry (David McCormack) of Washingtonville, as well as two step sons from a previous relationship who he helped raise, Brandon (Heather) Davis and Chad Simpson. Frank also leaves two grandchildren, Hadley Beagle of West Virginia and Wade Leo 'Hotrod' Coil of Washingtonville, two sisters, Lennis McCullough and Bobbie (Robert) Hoover, and a brother Dennis (Joyce) Bell, as well as several nieces and nephews. Lastly, he leaves behind his beloved beagle Cheyenne, who was his pride and joy.
A Time of Visitation will be Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 3-5 PM at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services of Salem. Donations can be made in Franks memory to the American Lung association or an animal rescue of your choosing.
As Frank would say, "Sunshine, blue skies"
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