David W. Bell Jr., 60, of Derry Twp., beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle, and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his home. He was born February 5, 1959, in Latrobe, the son of the late David W. Sr. and Emma L. (Waldron) Bell. David retired from the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He was an avid sportsman and collector of many things. He truly was a fun person and enjoyed making his friends and family laugh. Besides his parents, David was preceded in death by one sister Sandra L. Bell. David is survived by 2 uncles David A. Waldron and wife Kathy of Latrobe and Harry Black and wife MaryAnn of Bradenville; one brother John Bell and wife Althea of Greensburg; two sisters Barbara A. Gettemy of Bradenville and Brenda L. Dowden and James Willforth of Latrobe; God daughter Becky DiCriscio and husband Jason of Clarksburg; his faithful companion Sarge and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends. Family will receive friends for David’s Life Celebration 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Wednesday January 22, 2020 in the Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home, Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry 724-694-8331. A funeral service will be held for David 12:00 PM Thursday, January 23, 2020 in the funeral home with Rev. Bill Schaefer officiating. Interment will follow in the Coles Cemetery, Derry. Blairsville Military Service Group will conduct full military honors at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church, 101 W 4th Ave. Derry, PA 15627. Online condolences may be made to www.merlinfuneralhome.com.
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