Ralph Edward Bell, 81, of Boise, a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 13, 2003, at Valley View Retirement Center in Boise.

His graveside funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens in Boise. Visitations were Monday at Summer Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel in Boise.

Ralph was born April 15, 1921, at Marsing, Idaho, to Clifford and Flo Benson Bell. He was a Baker High School graduate.

He married Blanche Hickerson on Oct. 14, 1939. She died on April 15, 1996.

During his life, Ralph was employed as a truckdriver and dock foreman for Meadow Gold Dairies at Baker City and La Grande. In 1969, he and Blanche moved from Baker City to Boise where they retired.

Survivors include his sons, Clinton of College Place, Wash., Danny of La Grande, Roger of Boise and Clifford of Twin Falls, Idaho; his daughters-in-law, Ethel, Barbara, Cherylin and Chris; his brother, Harold Bell of Baker City; and grandchildren, Danny Jr. and Gary of La Grande, Rachelle, Kelly and Glenn of Boise and Becky of Twin Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche; his sister, Dorathea Pierson; and a brother, Ernst.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 24, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor