Ian Drew Bell



Ian Drew Bell, 70, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at Butler Memorial Hospital, from complications after heart surgery.

Drew was born in Butler on June 3, 1951, to Ivan and Margaret “Peg” Best Bell.

He was a graduate of Karns City High School and received his degree from Cal State, Pennsylvania.

A retired Industrial Arts and Wood Shop teacher at Karns City High School, he was a passionate wood craftsman. His love for the craft was dedicated to any student willing to learn. In his early years of teaching, Drew helped students build anything from a simple shelf or stool to beautiful elaborate gun cases, grandfather clocks, or other furniture. He then took the students and their pieces, and entered them into various competitions, often winning prizes, and high praise.

Drew, and his wife, Susie, until her passing in March, loved traveling to the New England states, especially Acadia National Park, where their combined love of nature always exceeded their anticipation.

He was a Jack of all trades, from machinist to woodworking, to building. However, his most ardent pastime was the history of the Oil Industry in Western Pennsylvania, especially the Petroleum Valley area, for which he spent hours amassing information.

Drew is survived by his brothers; Ivan Keith (Mary) Bell and Eric Joel (Patricia) Bell. His niece; Rachael Kathryn Bell (Andrew) Landstedt, and cousins; Margaret “Peggy” King and Larry (Joanne) King.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Susan Urish Bell, who passed in March of 2021, and his mother and father, Ivan and Margaret Bell.

Visitation will be held at the Buzard Funeral Home in Eau Claire (201 S. Washington St.) on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a service immediately following. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Osceola Mills-Clearfield County.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Butler Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.

Covid guidelines and protocol will be observed.


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