William J. Bedell, 88, of Norwalk died early Saturday morning, April 17, 2010, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Norwalk, son of the late LeRoy S. and Helen M. (Arnold) Bedell, and was a lifelong area resident. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II in England. He retired from New Departure in Sandusky where he worked for 30 years.
Bill enjoyed farming and owned and drove Trotter Harness Race Horses. He raced horses from the Huron County Fairgrounds for more than 30 years, breeding a winner of the Fulton pace for two-year-olds and also raced at Northfield Downs and at several tracks in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and Canada, and had been a back stretch judge at many area county fairs.
He bred and bought only the best blood lines which led to his success in the harness horse industry and was proud to have owned Fast Fox, Bye Bye Diana and Meadow Dart. He also enjoyed stock car racing, hunting and family gatherings.
Bill was a member of the United States Trotting Association, Buckeye Trotting Association, Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Ohio Colt Racing Association, Western Ohio Colt Racing Association, and was a life member of Firelands Post 2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Norwalk.
He participated in the Ohio Sires Stakes, Buckeye Super Stakes Circuit, Northern Ohio Colt Stakes, Home Talent Colt Stakes, North Central Colt Stakes, Northwest Ohio Colt Stakes and Ohio Sires Stakes.
He is survived by his sisters, Geneva Cox of Willard, Jean and Phil Leak of Norwalk and Shirley Mack of Norwalk; and by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Kaye Francis Sommers and Mary Wagner.
Calling hours will be private. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk; the Rev. Margaret D'Aneri, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Norwalk, will officiate. Burial will be in Hartland Ridge Cemetery with Military Graveside Services conducted by Firelands Post 2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ken Bur Bell Post 41 American Legion of Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be expressed at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.