Fred Earl Wells, Sr. of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his son's home in Union, MO, on September 29, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, seven months and eleven days. Fred was born in Delaware, OH, on February 18, 1931, son of Harry Elvis Wells and Wyvonne Wells nee Price. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have two sons. In later years, he was married and one son came to bless this union.
Fred is survived by his sons, John A. Wells, Sr. and wife, Brandi, of Union, MO, Fred A. Wells, Jr. and wife, Shawna, of St. Clair and Cavada Wells and wife, Penny, of Japan, MO; by his former wife and friend, Joan Wells of St. Clair; by six brothers, Wayne Wells and wife, Pearl, of Hall, GA, Delmar Wells and wife, Carol, of Lima, OH, Jim Wells of Delaware, OH, Kay Wells and wife, Charlene, of Delaware, Lowell Wells and wife, Kathy, of Myrtle Beach, SC and Larry Wells and wife, Nancy, of Lima; by three sisters, Twyla Wells of Columbus, OH, Barb Ferguson and husband, Ave, of Delaware and Lily Smith and husband, Gary, of Kenton, OH; by four grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Wells and Wyvonne Wells Fleming; by his step-father, Chuck Fleming; by two brothers, Alfred and Elvis Wells, and by three sisters, Dixie Ryan, Sylvia Wells and Darlene Wells.
Fred was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. For many years he visited Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. In recent years he was visiting the New Apostolic Church in DeSoto, MO. In the late 1950's and 1960's Fred had worked for Purina Farms in Gray Summit, MO. In later years he had lived and worked in New Jersey and later worked in Pennsylvania, employed by Triboro Electric, which later had a name change. He moved back to the area in about 1994. For the past fifteen years, he worked as a care taker on the Zerna farm and thoroughly enjoyed the working on equipment and feeding livestock. He had enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, but running demolition derby cars was his favorite. Fishing and camping were other favorite pastimes, as was working on cars. He dearly loved the companionship of his Pit Bull and Boxer mix dog, Delber. Nothing made him happier than the time spent with his children and many wonderful memories were created.
A kind and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, former husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and loving remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Juergen Bloch officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carl Zerna. Private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home.