Delta resident Ronald L. Bell passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at his home in Delta, Colo. Ron was 78 years old.
Upon Ron's request no services will be held.
Ronald Lee Bell was born Jan. 6, 1939, to Kenneth G. and Ruby L. (Wigington) Bell in Denver, Colo. Ron spent his childhood and attended school in Rifle, Colo., where he was a standout athlete, competing in football, track and basketball. Ron graduated from Rifle High School with the Class of '57. After high school Ron furthered his basketball and track careers and his education at Mesa College, where he helped the basketball team qualify for nationals, competed in the decathlon, and set a national junior college javelin record that stood for years. He was then recruited to play for Brigham Young University. Ron finished his education at Colorado State University where he obtained a degree in Physical Science.
On Jan. 25, 1962, Ron was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country until being honorably discharged on Jan. 24, 1964.
On April 25, 1971, Ron married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Markley in Ouray, Colo. To this union two daughters were born. The couple had the honor of sharing 46 years of love and marriage.
After Ron's retirement from Public Service Company of Colorado he worked for many years with the people of the UP Project, the PLP and their affiliates. He considered it a tremendous privilege.
Ron enjoyed his class reunions of Rifle Union High and the Mesa Mavericks. He often attended Mesa basketball and football games. In recent years Ron was inducted into Colorado Mesa University's Hall of Honor, once for his personal athletic accomplishments and the second time with his basketball team.
During his life Ron's gift was striking up conversations and making friends wherever he went. He enjoyed corresponding and getting together with lifelong friends as often as he could; especially the "old geezers," his Mesa basketball teammates. Ron truly never forgot a friend.
To his grandkids, Ron was the perfect "grampy" and was extremely involved in their lives. His positive and loving influence cannot be overstated.
He will be remembered by all for his strength, humility, kindness and humor.
Ron is survived by his wife, Sandra Bell; two daughters, Lauri Ann (James) Duran of Trinidad, Colo., and Debra Jean (Rob) Lindsey of Montrose, Colo.; six adoring grandchildren, Kyle Duran, Kaylynne Duran, Tanner Vernon, Daniel Vernon, Kristina Lindsey and Zach (Mariah) Lindsey; a sister, Janice Kay Bell; and two brothers, Denny Bell and Ed Bell.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his father in-law.
Memorial contributions can be made in Ron's name to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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