Kenneth Nobles Bell, who was active in his church and the community, died Monday (March 30, 1998) in his Town of Boston home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 77.
A Buffalo native, Bell was a graduate of Kenmore High School. He worked for his father, Harry, in the stained-glass business.
At the onset of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a signalman. He participated in the invasion of Sicily, where he was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He worked as a draftsman for Calspan Corp. and was involved in space projects. He also worked as a draftsman for Windsmith, a Springville manufacturer of gear reducers. He retired in 1982.
For several years, Bell was a troop leader and instructor with the Boy Scouts. He also was instrumental in organizing the Glenwood Acres Ski Jumping Club, which participated in competitions throughout the Northeast.
Bell was a member of Faith United Church of Christ of Boston. He sang in the church choir for more than 40 years and was honored recently for his many contributions to the church.
After retiring, Bell enjoyed artwork and golf. He and his wife of 48 years, the former Molly Stevens, traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a sister, Jesse Martin of Seattle; two sons, Rex of Brattleboro, Vt., and Ron of Keene, N.H.; two daughters, Cynthia Bates of the Town of Boston and Nancy Schmid of Germany; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston. His body was donated to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.