Wayne Barton Wells Sr., 83, beloved father and cherished husband, brother and grandfather, died on October 5, 2020 at his home in Orland, Indiana.
He was born in the family home at Nevada Mills, Steuben County, Indiana on July 13, 1937 to Elmo and Opal (Hall) Wells. He married the love of his life, Arlene J. Bellinger, on October 17, 1954.
Wayne was a master mechanic. He was the owner and proprietor of the Wells Garage for many years before becoming the Mechanic Supervisor for the Indiana State Highway Department. He enjoyed making grandfather clocks and building model airplanes.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Orland Post 423 and the Orland Lion’s Club. He formerly was a member of the Angola Moose Lodge and the Angola Odd Fellows Lodge. Wayne also worked on the election board and was active in the Republican Party.
Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Arlene J. Wells of Angola; his children, Wayne (Sharon) Wells Jr. of Orland, Cynthia (Ken) Zortman of Warsaw, Rick (Denise Laughlin) Wells of Orland, Sherrie (Gary) Shaw of Milton, Florida, Brian (Penny) Wells of Garrett and Brent (Patricia) Wells of Hudson; and 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 8 great great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her two sisters, Eleanore (Larry) Jefferson of Angola and Beverly (James) Carter of Daytona, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Helen Wells.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana.
Burial will be in Jackson Prairie Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to the Orland Fire Department.
Charitable donations may be made in Wayne's memory to the following organization:
Orland Volunteer Fire & Rescue
PO Box 446, Orland, IN 46776