Howard C. Wells, 82, of Keokuk passed at 4:39p.m. Weds. July 11, at Donnellson Health Care Center, with family his surrounding him.
He was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Keokuk, the son of James S. and Madeline C. Wells.
After a 2yr. Courtship he married Patricia Jeanne Berberet on June 29, 1957. She preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1999.
Survivors include their children Helene Adams of Collingswood , NJ, Alicia Montgomery of Richland, WA, Melanie Wells of Keokuk, Stewart Wells of Wauwatosa, WI, Bruce Wells of Macomb, IL, Howard Wells Jr. of Burlington, IA, Thad Wells of Souix Falls, SD and Maria Coffman of Kahoka, MO, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren with numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1952 he graduated from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA with a Bachelor in Philosophy. He then enlisted in the army and attended 2yrs at Western Military Academy in Alton, IL. Following the army, he served in the Illinois National Guard for 5yrs.
He was a life long resident of Keokuk, retiring from "Jelly" Wells Insurance in 1998.
A memorial mass will be held at 9am on Sat. July 21 at the Church of All Saints with Fr. Robert Lathrop officiating. Following a luncheon will be held for family and friends at the American Legion post 41.
His body has been donated to science. Burial with full Military Honors will be held at a later date in the Keokuk National cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 41 or the Keokuk Veterans Memorial.
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Dear Wells family I'm sorry for your loss. Howard was our insurance man for my family. When I got married my wife and I continued to do business with Howard. I felt safe having Howard looking out for my families best int... more
Dear Wells Family, We just wanted to let you know how very sorry we were to hear about your dad. I lost my dad in January and know how hard it is to loose a parent. Pat and I have fond memories watching a lot of y... more
Our condolences and heartfelt sympathy go out to your family on the loss of your father.
Dear Helene, Alicia, Melanie, Stewart, Howard, Bruce, Thad, and Maria, I am sorry I will be undable to be with you at this time. I have you all in my prayers and will be thinking of you all. You have my sincere sympathy,... more
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers are with your families.
To all of you children of Howard & Patty also: Howard was certainly one of a kind, the Good Lord broke the mold when he created him. Never at a loss for words for sure and a kind man. I grew up on 1st & Blondeau, even... more