David K. Bessell
David K. Bessell, 73, formerly of Shenango Township, went home with Jesus the evening of Feb. 21, 2020, with his loving wife and son by his side.
Born on Sept. 19, 1946, in New Castle, he was a son of Alvi and Francis (Shoaff) Bessell.
He married his best friend of 16 years, the former Jackie Wright, who survives.
After his graduation from Shenango High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving his country in Vietnam.
David managed and took impeccable care of the Savannah Cemetery for 30 years.
He loved being outdoors and was a skilled marksman, an avid hunter and had a special talent in gunsmithing.
David was a trustworthy and faithful husband and friend. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, Jackie, David is survived by a son, David Bessell Jr.; three stepchildren, Jason Wright, Jeremy Iorio and Kellie Moore; two sisters, Beverly (James) Gettings and Shirley Dinsmore; two brothers-in-law, Dan Wright and Roger Wright; a grandson, Brett Bessell; 11 stepgrandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him dearly.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Carol Kidd; and two brothers, Ronald Bessell and Thomas Bessell.
In keeping with Dave's wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A private service will take place at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be offered to the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., where online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on February 26, 2020


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Wesley Tharpe
Feb 27, 2020
Dave (and Tom) were great friends of mine on Savannah Rd.
We spent much time playing basketball in my driveway and also running the woods in the area.
I am so sorry to hear of his death. My sincere condolences to you and your son.