David Walter Bell, 83, of Tunkhannock passed away May 10, 2023, at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda Charlton Bell.
Born on May 7, 1940, he is the son of the late Walter and Frances Jones Bell.
David was a graduate of Hop Bottom High School in 1958. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years. After his discharge he worked construction for a year while taking college prep courses. He attended Paul Smith College and earned his associate degree in forestry in 1964. He married his wife Linda on May 30, 1964, the day before his graduation.
He worked for several sawmills in New York before starting his career at Procter and Gamble as a manager in wood procurement. Dave retired from Procter and Gamble in 1997. He was chairman for the PA Tree Farm Association. And also served as president of the Lathrop Cemetery.
Dave was a kind, gentle, fun loving man of integrity. He loved a good joke and had a quick wit. He enjoyed nothing more than being outside whether for his job as forester or hunting and fishing. He also believed that a walk in the woods would cure the common cold. Worked for Dave. He was a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles, whether they were winning or losing. After retirement golf was his passion. Although he said he wasn't very good, he always had a great time. He loved reading and gardening, also traveling was another enjoyment for Dave and Linda. They visited many places including Yellowstone twice, Bermuda, many New England states, Alaska, Italy, New Mexico, Switzerland, many southern states and so enjoyed their annual trips to the Delaware shore.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Kimberly Clark and her husband Brian (his favorite son in law), and daughter, Heather; grandchildren, Matthew Clark and wife Emily, Morgan Clark and Hadley Rosengrant; great grandchildren, Brian, Zachary, Jenna and McKinley; sister, Patrice Benfer; nieces Amy and Anne (along with their husbands); several grand nieces and nephews.
Dave will be dearly missed by his family and friends. His favorite quote was "If not now- When?"
The family would like to thank Diane, Janice, and Mary of the Hematology Department at Geisinger, Tunkhannock. Also, the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Donations to honor David's memory can be made to: Hospice of the Sacred, 53 Glenmaura Blvd., Moosic, PA 18507.
Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
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