John Holbrook Wells, 86 years, of Angola, Indiana, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at his home. John was born January 22, 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of the late John Wellington and Arlene (Holbrook) Wells. He graduated from Leo High School in 1947. John then attended Tri-State University and graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. I.E.
John was a veteran of the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, where he served proudly with his brother, Russell, for three years of his four year hitch. He was a member of the Orland American Legion Post 423 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7205 as well as many other organizations throughout his lifetime.
John retired in 1997 after 20 years of service as Director of Labor Relations at Hobart Corporation in Troy, Ohio.
John loved life and lived it to its fullest. There was never a time when he was not busy, whether it was woodworking with his Uncle Shorty, boating, building RC planes, rebuilding a windmill located on his cousin’s farm, or making lap robes with his Aunt Stella. He was a caring and loving man who will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his wife, Valerie (Stanfill) Wells of Angola; one son, Christopher (Lisa) Sweigart of Miamisburg, Ohio; two sisters, Yvonne Passwater of Keystone Heights, Florida and Janine (Marty) Erlenbaugh of Clear Lake, Indiana; three brothers, Russell Wells of Columbia, Indiana, Noel Wells of Leo, Indiana and Dennis (Sue) Wells of Palmyra, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Beatrice (Bodney) Wells.
At the request of John and to honor his wishes, cremation will take place. There will be no public visitation or services. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Hamilton, Indiana. A celebration of John’s life will be held for family and friends in the spring.
A special thank you is extended to family friend, Doris Mattingly and his cousin, Dick and Becky Wells for their kindness, care and support they provided to John and his wife, Valerie during his illness.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be directed to Cameron Home Health Care and Hospice, 416 East Maumee Street, Angola, Indiana 46703.