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Charles Dean Bell, 80, of New Bethlehem, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on Nov. 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 Sportsmen's Club and the Moose Club, volunteered for the Red Bank Valley Ambulance Company and 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 â€śCamp Webuiltâ€ť 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 Bell and wife Patti of New Bethlehem; five daughters, Judy Reitz and husband Rick of Brookville, Bonnie Miles of Virginia, Susan Huber and husband Charles of New Bethlehem, Deanna VanHorn and husband Rick of Dayton and Eva Dean and husband Corey of Evansville, Indiana; 10 grandchildren, Misty Marsh, Samantha Bell, Alexandra Bell, Amy Wilson, Melody Buzzard, Bobby Huber, Tara Kotchey, Makayla Unger, Emmett Dean and 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 and Isaac Fraust; a brother, Clarence Harold Bell; three sisters, Lula Hetrick, Erma Hetrick and Helen Lowman; and a son-in-law, Robert Miles.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Alcorn Funeral Home, Hawthorn.
Interment will be in Ohl Cemetery.
Memorial donations for the annual Bluegrass Festival may be made to the Red Bank Valley Municipal Park, 137 Park Rd., Fairmount City, PA 16224..
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.alcornfuneralhome.com.