James R. Schell

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James R. Schell

James R. Schell, 82, of Hazelcroft Avenue, New Castle, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburg, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born in New Castle on Nov. 10, 1935, to the late James H. and Ruth E. Mack Schell.
He married Phoebe Rodgers on Oct. 8, 1955, and she survives at the residence.
Survivors include his four children, Roger (Beth) Schell of New Castle, Susan Shearer of New Wilmington, Gregory (Connie) Schell of New Wilmington and Bradley Schell of New Castle; a brother, Charles Schell; three sisters, Ruth "Doll" Beck, Marilyn McCallister and Dorothy Heath; seven grandchildren, Stephen Mitchell, April Calton, Lauri Buly, Jaime Ofalt, Danielle Shearer, and Megan and Selina Schell; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Larry Shearer.
Jim was a member of New Life Baptist Church.
He was employed by Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central then Conrail Railroads. He also worked for Campbell's Lumber and Cement of New Wilmington.
Jim served his country in the National Guard.
Jim was a fan of local and NASCAR racing, and enjoyed spending time with family and socializing with friends at local coffee shops. He enjoyed camping.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Life Baptist Church with the Rev. Warren Sullivan of New Life Baptist Church officiating.
Interment will follow at Fair Oaks Cemetery, New Wilmington.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the church.
Published on August 8, 2018
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