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212 E. Fourth Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
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Kenneth Bell

Kenneth Bell

Monday, November 7th, 1927 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Kenneth Lawrence Bell, Age 92, of Watkins Glen, NY passed Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Seneca View in Montour Falls.

If asked he’d probably say his proudest achievements were graduating from Cornell University, operating Grant’s Greenhouses for 33 years and his family. He was born at home in Newfane, NY on November 7, 1927, to Mark and Clara Bell. He was the oldest of 9 children, growing up on a farm, in the Lockport/Medina, NY area during the depression. After graduating from high school, he was part of the Occupation Force in northern Italy. The army offered three meals a day and chocolate, it was the best he’d eaten! Upon his return, he enrolled at Cornell University, studying field crops, a very practical degree for a practical person.

Ken graduated in 1954, and waited for Joanne Wohnsiedler to graduate in the following June, when they married at Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus. The year in-between, Ken worked as a traveling milk tester. He went between farms and stayed with the families. We heard many stories about these experiences. He then worked as a Cooperative Extension agent, followed by Valley Greenhouse. While at Valley Greenhouses he decided he wanted to own and operate a greenhouse. We moved to Watkins Glen NY in Nov 1968 with the purchase of Grant’s Greenhouses. We were blessed to have wonderful neighbor’s Jonas and Elsie VanDuzer. Mom and Dad sold the business, Sept 11, 2001.

In retirement Ken became more active in Farm Bureau, awarded the Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award, 2011. Ken was a past President of Rotary International, recipient of the Paul Harris award. The Schuyler County Republic Party made Ken, Republican of the Year (2011). The Methodist Church was important in his life, he was active in the local church until it closed. Ken and Joanne enjoyed their house at 9 Orchard Avenue for 17 years before not being able to live independently. They moved into Brookdale Ithaca, in 2018, Ken relocated to Seneca View in November 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne W Bell, and four daughters, Melinda Ann Turner, husband Steven Turner, son Grant, Cynthia Jean Kloppel,, husband Jon, children Aaron, Racheal Kloppel Hale, husband Sam, and their children Harper and Jordan, Constance Jane Sandstrom, husband Mark, children Ursula, Catherine and Peter, Virginia Louise Barr and husband Steven.

There will be a celebration of Dad’s life when we can all be together. You may express condolences to the family online in his obituary at www.RoyceChedzoy.com. Arrangements with Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
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Bob and Carolyn Skoczylas

Posted at 10:27am
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. There are many memories of the Bell family living next door and watching you girls grow up to become wives, moms and working ladies. Mom especially loved having you next door and all the attention and love you and your parents showered over her. It was so very sweet of you to mention them in the obituary and although Mom, Dad and Lana are not here, I am most confident that they are catching up on everyone with your Dad. We have you in our thoughts and prayers! Hugs, Bob and Carolyn
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Peggy Scot

Posted at 07:16am
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Bell was a wonderful man that touched my life in many ways. We lived a street above on South Glen Avenue growing up. He later touched my life through Cornell Cooperative Extension. To say his name brings a smile to my face because that is how I remember him............always with a smile on his face. He will be missed. Peggy Scott
 

Melinda Turner Posted at 10:17pm

Thank you Peggy
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Duke Argetsinger

Posted at 11:18am
I was greatly saddened to hear of Ken's death. Although it was long ago, Ken played an important role in my life as my first employer - I did after-school hours at the greenhouse. Ken was a kind, good and capable man and a great example to me. When I met him many years later at Rotary, we both had tears in our eyes. Rest in peace Ken. You are remembered.
 

Melinda Turner Posted at 12:26pm

Thank you so much Duke for your kindness. Mom and Dad both enjoyed the time that you worked with them and all of the escapades. Disbudding mums.!! They both thought a lot of you. I hope that this finds all well with you and yours. Best, Melinda
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James A McMahon

Posted at 11:09am
You have my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. Ken helped me out so much when I was running for office in the Town of Dix. His help was greatly appreciated. You are in my prayers . Jim McMahon
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Wendy Drake

Posted at 03:53pm
Dear Connie and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We had some wonderful times at your house and along the way learned something about flowers! I am not sure how he managed to so patiently put up with us and some of our shenanigans but he did and I will always remember his kindness, cheerful smile and his laughter. My thoughts are with you all.
Wendy Drake
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