Belll Family Pavilion
Saturday October 16th, 2021
Michael G. Bell
Michael G. Bell “beloved by family and friends”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Michael G. “Mike” Bell, 65, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
Born on Tuesday, May 8, 1956 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Ralph E. Sr. and Patricia A. Chastain Bell. On November 1, 1980 in Shinglehouse, he married Beth E. Austin, who survives.
Mike was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1974, in Shinglehouse. He was also a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. He was employed at Dresser Industries in Olean, leaving to enter the US Navy, where he served from 1975 to 1979 on the Admiral’s staff. After his service to his country, Mike was again employed at Dresser Industries. He was laid off from that position, he then went to college full-time while working at the former Quality Markets in Olean. After graduation from college, he was employed by Control Chief Corporation in Bradford and later was employed by the former Henkle Company in Olean. Mike then went back to Dresser, now Siemans Energy, as a product design engineer, where he was employed until the time of his passing.
Mike was a member of the NRA. He was a trustee of the Evergreen Cemetery Association in Ceres. He liked to hunt and tinker in his woodworking shop. He also enjoyed watching and playing volleyball. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Harper.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Eli G. (Stephanie) Bell of Ceres; a granddaughter, Harper Raven Bell; two brothers, Ed (Nani) Bell of Shinglehouse and Douglas (Kim) Bell of Billings, Montana; a sister, Patsy (Preston) Colbey of Shinglehouse; his mother-in-law, Sara Jane Austin of Shinglehouse; a brother-in-law, Marty (Robin) Austin of Shinglehouse; three sisters-in-law, Becky Austin, Brenda (Joe) Neal, and Betsy Angood, all of Shinglehouse; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by his father-in-law, Wayne Austin.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11am on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Bell Family Pavilion, 216 Chapman Brook, Shinglehouse, with Ed Bell, Mike’s brother, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evergreen Cemetery Association, c/o Jocelyn Sherwood, 2565 Kings Run Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Bell Run Cemetery Association, c/o Becky Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Mike’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mike, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.
My big brother, my friend, my partner in crime, my protector. I love you and will miss you every day.
Patsy Oct 19 2021 11:17 PM
My deepest sympathies to Mike's family, friends and colleagues. We only got to know Mike recently at Siemens Energy in Montreal, but he made quite an impression and will be remembered as the "Vectra father".
Katherine Schmidt Oct 14 2021 4:40 PM
Mike, thank you for the friendship. Prayers and condolences to Beth and the entire Bell family. Love Chris
Christopher Barry Oct 13 2021 10:32 AM
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I use to
Play volleyball with Mike in the Times Herald summer league and not only was he a good player, but a better man. I haven't seen Mike in years, but certainly never forgot him. What a nice person and someone I was fortunate enough to know.
Tom Roof Oct 13 2021 8:44 AM
Very sorry to hear this news. Mike was a very knowledgeable and supportive person that I had the pleasure to work with for many years. It was allways nice to have a chat with him, both on work related matters or on the common interests we shared. He will be misses by many, including his collegues here in Norway. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
David Holm Oct 11 2021 6:33 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Michael Bell
Jan Chastain Oct 10 2021 8:53 PM
Mike and my brother Dave were close buddies.. Mike was only a year younger than me and he was always such a sweetheart- Dave and I lived with Aunt Pat and Uncle Bud many times for extensive periods of time, due to my mom being in the hospital in critical condition- Mike and Patsy are like a sister and brother to me- the kindest, most integrity based Godly people I know. I am heartbroken at Mike's sudden passing and lift up Beth, Eli, Stephanie and Harper up in prayer- as well as Patsy, Ed, and Doug and their families.
Jan Chastain Piveral Oct 10 2021 8:52 PM
My sincerest sympathy Beth and Eli, and Mike's entire family. Your sadness is shared by many. Know that we care.
Carolyn Fugate Oct 10 2021 6:22 PM
Our sincere condolences to Mike's entire family. I have many fond memories of Mike while hunting with him. Wishing you all of God's comfort at this difficult time. Love Larry and Barb Nichols
Larry Nichols Oct 10 2021 4:27 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Michael Bell
Jerry Austin, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia Oct 10 2021 9:26 AM