February 27, 2020

Gilbert D. Bell

Died Sept. 1, 2019


Gilbert Douglas Bell, 95, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at The Horizon Senior Living in West Branch.

He was born July 1, 1924, in Flint to David and Grace (Frasier) Bell. He lived in West Branch since 1950, formerly of Bay City. Gilbert married Mary Colleen McDermott in Essexville on Jan. 24, 1948. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II stationed in Italy and was part of the 485th Bomb Group Alumni Association. Gilbert enjoyed golfing and was a member of the West Branch Country Club.

Gilbert is survived by his children, David Bell of Crossville, Tenn., Douglas (Verna) Bell of Bluffton, S.C., Ellen (Dan) Sentell of St. Helen and Andrew Bell of Park City, Utah; grandchildren, Bryan, Andrea, Tom, Sara, Laura and Kara; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Will, Mason, Allysen, Kaylee and Isaac; sister, Lorraine (James) Meerdo of Essexville; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Munley of Bay City, Kathleen Vink of Essexville and Maureen McDermott; and brother-in-law, Terry (Virginia) McDermott of Bloomfield Hills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Bell; and daughter-in-law, Margaret Bell.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. until the time of the veteran honors and brief ceremony at noon.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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