Dwight Eugene "Dite" Bell (1928 - 2015)

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Dwight Eugene "Dite" Bell, 86, 5746 Wayne Road, DuBois, went to be with his Lord Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at his home.
Born Dec. 7, 1928, in Reynoldsville, he was the son of the late George H. Bell Sr. and Jessie M. Laird Bell. He was married to Edna Holman Bell in 1950 and she preceded him in death. He then married Beverly Taylor Bell May 22, 1986.
He grew up in Reynoldsville and graduated from Reynoldsville High School in 1948, where he played football for the Bulldogs. He joined the Army in 1948 during peacetime and was honorably discharged as Army Air Force. He returned to Reynoldsville and while working for the railroad and Jackson China, he married Edna and began raising his family. In 1952, they moved to Warren, Ohio, where he first worked for Copperweld Steel before starting his career as a professional firefighter for the City of Warren, which he greatly enjoyed. He retired after serving 30 years.
He then returned to Reynoldsville where he married Beverly and spent the last 31 years traveling and enjoying life with family and friends.
He loved motorcycles and antique cars, country music concerts, car shows, fishing and playing pool.
He was also an avid Steelers and Pirate fan. For 25 years, he worked as a volunteer and caretaker on numerous projects for improving the grounds of the Beulah Cemetery for which he was very proud.
He was a Past Master of the John M. Read Lodge in Reynoldsville. He was also a member of the Coudersport Consistory and the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. He also performed with the Shriners ATC Unit on his three-wheeler in numerous parades. He was also a member of the Reynoldsville Eagles, the DuBois Firemans Club, the Olympic Club, the IP&S and the Slovak Club of Warren, Ohio. He was also a previous member of the Reynoldsville Legion and Elks Clubs.
For the past eight years he was unable to fully participate due to health reasons, but he would always talk of all his life experiences and was very proud of all his accomplishments and memories.
He was a member of the Reynoldsville Presbyterian Church.
He lived his life to the fullest. He was a loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family, friends and his little dog, Chica.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; three daughters: Deborah Griffith, Clarksville, Tenn., Constance Bell, San Pedro, Calif., and Tracy Lewis, Warren, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Tracy Spuck, Washington; six grandchildren: Brad Crew, Adam and Adrian Griffith, Landon, Laurelyn and Logan Lewis; and two great-grandsons, Dean Crew and Michael Griffith.
He was also preceded in death by seven brothers: James, Robert, John, William, Allan, George "Sonny" and Murel "Moley"; four sisters: Jessie Bell, Marian Zarick, Dorothy Whitmore, Gladys Anderson; an infant son; and grandson, Mitchell Lewis.
Friends will be received from, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Reynoldsville Gospel Center, Reynoldsville-Falls Creek Road. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Reynoldsville Gospel Center, with the Rev. Mark Myers officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by the John M. Read Lodge F&AM with a luncheon immediately following. Burial will be at the Beulah Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Gospel Notes Outreach Ministries, P.O. Box 146, Reynoldsville, PA 15851.
Published in The Courier Express from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2015
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