John honorably served his country in Okinawa and Vietnam in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Seabees, Unit CBMU 301. He was an electrician for many years in Medina County, learning the trade from his brother-in-law Ray Mantz at Mantz Electric.
John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura (Sauer); daughter, Alicia (Joshua) Hathcock; grandchildren, Emily and Evan Hathcock; and father-in-law, Lawrence Sauer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Penny Sauer (Protsik); and son, John Lawrence Bell.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11 A.M. at Waite and Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Deacon Joe Loutzenhiser will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in John’s name to the Medina Co. Veterans Hall Modernization, P.O. Box 1343, Medina, OH 44258. Please make checks payable to Auditor Kovack Community Fund.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com