Charles F. Bellas, 90, of Cochranton, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Meadville Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Kittanning, a son of Charles Jessop Bellas and Clara Belle Flenner Bellas. He married Betty Jane Chestnut on March 22, 1946, and she preceded him in death on March 17, 2010.
He was a machine operator at PPG Industries for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II from 1941 to 1945 in Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands and Bougainville operations. He was a member of Union Avenue Methodist Church in Kittanning and attended Cochranton Alliance Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking and spent much of his time helping others. He loved being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Bellas Schaeffer and her husband, Donald, of Roanoke, Va.; a son, Charles S. Bellas and his wife, Ruth, of Meadville; four grandchildren, Stephanie Loper and her husband, Doug, of Cochranton, Wendy D. Schaeffer of Roanoke, Benjamin Bellas and his wife, Wendy, of Chestertown, Md., and Matthew Schaeffer and his wife, Teresa, of Roanoke; eight great-grandchildren, Michael and Kenny Loper, Carter Schaeffer, Archer and Veda Bellas, and Daniel, Amelia and Madelyn Schaeffer.
He was preceded in death by his wife; three sisters, Lena Dunmire, Goldie Ingram and Minnie McAuley; and a half brother, George Belles.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Dickson Family Funeral Home, 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Pastor John McGarvey of Cochranton Alliance Church.
Charles will be laid to rest next to his wife in Cochranton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Yolanda Barco Oncology Center, 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Please sign the online guestbook at hatheway-tedesco.com.