Ralph R.W. ‘Bud’ Bell, 72, of Woodbine, died peacefully Monday, January 9, 2017 at Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia after a long illness.
Born December 19, 1944 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Walter and Evelyn Nott Bell.
He attended the University of Maryland and worked for 30 years in law enforcement achieving the rank of captain. Bud was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He also served in the U.S. Army. He attended Officer Candidate Training School at Fort Benning, Georgia and spent 3 years in the military police corps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Bud was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church. He was a member of the F.O.P. #23 in College Park, MD, Damascus American Legion Post # 171 and the Mt. Airy Saddle Pals.
He is survived by his wife Linda Bell, daughter Mary Kate Farmer, step-son Shane Busic and grandchildren Chase Campbell, Kaitlyn Farmer and Austin Matheson. He was preceded in death by step-daughter Tiffany Busic and brother Robert Bell.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, 11:00 AM at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 11501 Mountain View Road, Damascus, MD 20872 with his pastor, Rev Myungha Baek, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday 10:00 AM till time of service at the church. The Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD are handling funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to Mountain View Church, Days End Horse Farm Rescue, 1372 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797 or to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
Online condolences may be made at www.jnzumbrunfuneralhome.com
Charitable donations may be made to:
Mountain View UMC
11501 Mountain View Road, Damascus MD 20782
Days End Horse Rescue
1372 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine MD 21797
Guiding Eyes For The Blind
611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598