Charles Dean Bell

thumbsCharles Dean Bell of New Bethlehem, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on November 12, 1933 to Clarence Monroe and Pearl Edna (Reed) Bell in Dora, Jefferson County.

Dean attended the Distant Baptist Church. He graduated from Brookville High School in 1952. Dean retired in 1985 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Armstrong County as an engineer. He was a former deputy game warden from 1960-1965 in Jefferson and Clarion Counties. Dean started working with his son in 1990 for Bell Plumbing and Heating managing the office until his illness He was a member of the Summerville Sportsmans Club, the Moose Club, volunteered for the Red Bank Valley Ambulance Company, served on the South Bethlehem Borough Council, Red Bank Valley Park Board, and also the Ohl Cemetery board. Dean enjoyed hunting from his tree stand and was a founder of “Camp Webuilt” in Porter Township, Clarion County. He loved being active in the community, camping, supporting the Clarion County Fair, playing the lottery and gambling at the casino with his special friend Linda Mangiantini. Dean loved living life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

He is survived by a son Dee Monroe and wife Patti, New Bethlehem; five daughters, Judy Reitz and husband Rick, Brookville; Bonnie Miles, VA; Susan Huber and husband Charles, New Bethlehem; Deanna VanHorn and husband Rick, Dayton; Eva Dean and husband Corey, Evansville, IN; 10 grandchildren, Misty Marsh; Samantha Bell; Alexandra Bell; Amy Wilson; Melody Buzzard; Bobby Huber; Tara Kotchey; Makayla Unger; Emmett Dean, Jackson Monroe Dean, and eight great grandchildren, Brenton Doverspike; Sabrina Doverspike; Kira Marsh; Gavin Marsh; Mitchell Marsh; Clayton Marsh; Craylynn Mae Kotchey and Pria Dean Kotchey

He was preceded in death by parents, his wife Anna Mae (Kunselman) Bell in 1999, two grandsons, Patrick Monroe Bell, Isaac Fraust; a brother Clarence Harold Bell; three sister Lula Hetrick, Erma Hetrick, Helen Lowman, a son-in-law Robert Miles.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Alcorn Funeral Home, Hawthorn. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the funeral home with Rev. Lyle Westover officiating. Burial will be in Ohl Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Red Bank Valley Municipal Park, 137 Park Rd, Fairmount City, PA 16224

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