METROPOLIS, Ill. — Charles O. Wells, age 79, of Metropolis, Ill., passed away at 1 a.m. on Friday, August 23, 2013, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross. The Rev. David Deem will officiate. Military rites will follow the service.
Charles was a retired pilot, crop duster, plumber/pipe fitter, was the former owner/operator of Charles O. Wells Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, and retired from Player’s Casino as facilities manager. He was a member of the Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local No. 160 in Murphysboro, Ill., Moose Lodge No. 282, where he served as past governor for several terms, American Legion Post No. 306 where he held several offices, most recently serving as the Chaplain, VFW Post No. 3847, and the Metropolis Masonic Lodge No. 91. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War.
Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rebecca (Ridge) Wells of Metropolis; three children: son, Jon Darren Wells and wife Tammy of Metropolis, daughter, Shannon Dru Rehlmeyer and husband Brad of Metropolis, son, Charles Devin Wells of Port Ludlow, Wash.; five grandchildren, Jon Mason Wells and Toby Ridge Wells, Stefan Dru Rehlmeyer and Bryn Aubin Rehlmeyer, all of Metropolis, and Liam David Wells of Port Ludlow, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Tobie and Averil (Lawrence) Wells; sisters, Marjorie Jackson and Geneva Guice; brothers, Harold Wells, Walter Wells, Oliver Wells, Phillip Wells, Claude Wells, and Donald Wells.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956 or Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Avenue, Metropolis, IL 62960.
Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis is in charge of arrangements.