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Max L. Bell

Max L. Bell “beloved father”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Max L. Bell, 67, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home on Saturday, November 20, 2021, after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Born on Wednesday, December 9, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Russell and Kathryn M. Coates Bell.
Max was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was a longtime employee of Dresser Rand Industries in Olean, where he was a machinist until his retirement.
Max loved to fish and hunt. He enjoyed history. His greatest love was his son, Matthew, who he lovingly referred to as “his boy”.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Matt (Angel) Bell of Rochester, Pa.; four sisters, Georgia M. Sweet, Madge L. Lydic, Beverly J. Huber, and Joyce A. Ferguson; and five nieces.
Max was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kenneth A. Sweet.
In keeping with Max’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Max’s family has 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 Max, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


I pray the Lord's supernatural peace and comfort for you during this hard time. Phil 47: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.S

Steve & Cynthia Bell Nov 26 2021 7:35 AM

You will be missed Max by many. Fly high and hug everyone in Heaven 🤗

Eileen Nov 24 2021 9:31 PM

Hey big brother words don't come. Hearts breaking. Boy what a life we had growing up. And on 2 adult life boy some of it was a total nightmare. But looking back our lives all of us went different directions. But one direction for sure is when you and Kath got pregnant with his boy. O my gosh Matthew your Dad words didn't come easy so overcome with joy. Best thing in life was with his pride and joy. We were all close at one time. But one thing for sure Max we all loved each other. I will never forget you Lala as Georgia called big boy she would say to you. Love you Max. I know none of us ever liked these occasions in saying goodbye you wouldn't even go see our mother if it weren't for Aunt Joyce and Aunt Jean dragging you up 2 see. When Dad died we were so young to figure how we were really supposed to feel. And now my big brother it ain't easy I will never ever Forget you. I'm sorry Matthew R.I.P. Max. See you on the other side.

Lil sis Joyce Nov 22 2021 11:45 AM


Tom Owens Nov 22 2021 6:04 AM

So sorry to hear about max. Prayers for strength and healing for Matt and family, friends .Been awhile but I do remember you and all the family .we were actually neighbors and spend a lot of time growing up together

Terrie salada Nov 21 2021 2:05 PM