Wayne Barton Wells, Sr.

Born: Tue., Jul. 13, 1937
Died: Mon., Oct. 5, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 09, 2020
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

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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

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Karen & Lowell Thompson
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
May God's loving arms surround The Wells Family and give peace to you all.
All of the Wells family are in our prayers and thoughts.
God's speed Wayne, we will meet again in heaven, oh what a day that will
Love and hugs to you all!

   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss sending prays

Gary and Jeri Simpson
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to the family. We enjoyed being around and just talking to Wayne. Greatly enjoyed playing cards and having fun at the New Years Eve parties.

Ken and Cindy(Wells) Zortman
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
What a day glorious day that will be,When our JESUS we will see. Cindy and I are so proud and privileged to know just how much her DAD loved and was at peace with Our Lord and Savior. Rest in Glory my DAD and Friend we will visit each other again. Love and prayer to everyone in this family, may God be with each of us.

Bev Ann (German) Coolman
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Prayers to all the Wells family at this time. Many of my early childhood memories include you. Sympathy for you loss and wishes for comfort from knowing you were all loved so much by Wayne.

Deb Murphy
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Dear Arlene and family. There are certain people that just rush us back to our childhood. You are one of those families...such a special family. Our sympathies and prayers are with you all as you remember those special times and step into a future without your hubby and dad. Love to all!!

Deb German Murphy

Kevin Snell
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Sorry for your loss Well’s family. I know Brian and Penny, they are great people. Brian must of had his Mechanical jeans, excellent problem solver and always has a lot of ingenuity.

Kandi Moore
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
To my sweet grandfather.
We share a birthday together along with my great grandmother your mom. July 13th. I remember sitting on your mother's lap when I was 3 years old. She bounced me up and down and she laughed. I remember sleeping in between you and grandma at night time then you both waking up saying Wayne did you get any sleep, his reply NO! Not with the sleep talking and kicking. I could tell you anything and it went nowhere. Unlike grandmother and mom lol. I will miss our small talks about random things like purses and shoes along with politics lol.. However I know that you are in heaven I know that you will be that whisper in my ear. Always saying better not buy a Ford. I have nothing but awesome memories with you. Along with riding in the tractor and you busting me eating from the gooseberry bush. I love you so very much and I know that you are with your parents.

Barb Taylor
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
I am so very sorry for the family's loss of such an awesome role model. I will forever have special memories of him. I'm sorry to say that with the Covid19, I will not be able to be there Friday for Wayne's viewing. Please know that all of you will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers. Love you

Robbin meier
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss, prayers to the family. You are in our thoughts. Robbin and Regina Meier

Robbin meier
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss, prayers to the family. You are in our thoughts. Robbin and Regina Meier

Jerry Lee Hall
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
I was saddened to here that Wayne had passed. I had great respect for Mr. Wells in our work at INDOT. He was willing to do any thing that he was asked to do. I wish the best to Arlene and all of the Wells family.

Tammy Shultz
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
I just heard of Wayne's passing. My prayers go out to his wife Arlene and their children. I was Sheri's friend and spent lots of time at the Wells home. They made everyone feel welcome. He will be greatly missed.

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