Ronald D Bell, of Punta Gorda, FL, passed away peacefully 3.9.18 with his son and daughter at his side. Born 5.7.49 in Elkhart, IN, to Richard S. Bell and Anna Bell, Ron's life encompassed two long careers: in the US Navy, from which he retired as a Chief Torpedoman and where he served two tours in Vietnam, and with the Lee Co. Sheriff's Department, where he served as a deputy.
A devoted and loving father, he is survived by his son Jason, of Cape Coral; daughter Millisa of Saint James City, stepchildren Kelli Laird and Sarah Wamack, wife Katie Bell, brother Jack Bell of Indiana, and sister Jean Rodgers of N. Ft. Myers.
Ron was an avid outdoorsman who has happiest fishing and working on projects outside. He enjoyed reading and was a military history buff. He will be remembered for his service to Country and State, his quick wit and sense of humor.
Ron lovingly raised and cared for a disabled daughter, Ronnie, who perished in a fire over a year ago. He adored this child and now joins her in Heaven.
Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with services to start at 7:00 p.m. at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home 635 East Marion Avenue. Punta Gorda, Florida
Please visit the online tribute for Ronald D. Bell at www.kays-ponger.com to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family
Ron was a kind man. He was always ready to provide a listening ear and engage in banter; even when I spontaneously stopped to visit. Our conversations led me to know that Ron valued his family, his word, doing the right thing and nature. I valued his friendship. Rest in peace Ron. I will remember you.
I met Ron Bell when I was 14 years old at Carters riding academy. I would have to say it was love at first sight. He was Such a gentleman. I was not allowed to date and my Parents kept me on a very short lease. But I did go riding as often as my parents let me.
Ron had already signed up to join the Navy on the buddy system. He had four brothers in the service at the same time. Wayne was in the Army, Bob was in the Air Force, Jack, Gary, Ron joined the Navy. The Bell family was a family of service and gave more then their share. Ron did two tours in Vietnam. His oldest brother Wayne was a helicopter pilot and was shot down he was MIA at first later presumed dead.
Ron was given the opportunity to come home after Wayne's death but decided to stay. The war was winding down in 1969 and President Nixon gave many servicemen an early out.
Ron and I started dating in late 1971 and we were married March 23 1972. I talked him into going back into the Navy. We had two beautiful children Jason and Millisa.
We traveled as a family through out his Navy career, their were only a few times when he was in school,or deployed were we separated. We moved a lot, it wasn't always easy we had lots of ups and downs. We raised two independent self-sufficient kids.
He retired in 1990 and then went into law enforcement. We divorced in 1994 for many years we were at odds with each other, but after my brother died we started talking and be came friends and shared family functions, as most exes do. Ron was a loving father to all his children and loyal to a fault. I hope he finally has peace in his life.
Ron was a great guy and I appreciate his dedicated service at the Lee County Justice Center.
Our deepest condolences to Uncle Ron's family. I have fond memories of visiting him and his family when I was stationed in the South Hampton Roads area many, many years ago. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
RIP Ron. I enjoyed working with Ron at the Sheriffs Office, he was a fun guy to be around.
RIP my friend
Sarah you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine how hard this is for you. I will be praying that God will get you through this difficult time. From reading his obituary it sounds like he was a very kind and loving father. I know he will be missed. Treasure all the memories you have of your time spent with him.
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