Former Kenai resident Rex C. Wells died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, of natural causes at his son's home in Basin City, Wash. He was 79.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Richland, Wash.
Mr. Wells was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Paul, Idaho, to Edith and Alma Wells. After graduating from Twin Falls High School in Idaho, Mr. Wells attended Idaho State University and the University of Michigan. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific campaign and as Fox Company commander during the Korean conflict.
He married Shirley Walker in 1946. The couple had two children and they divorced in 1957.
He owned and operated Wells Bros. Trucking with his brothers Ray, John and Russ. He also drove for Montana Express and Wagner's. He loved to work hard, starting at age 5 as a water boy for construction crews on the Jerome Highway in Idaho with his brother Ray. His work career spanned a 70-year history.
Mr. Wells participated in high school, college and adult sport competitions into his 60s. He enjoyed inventing and fabricating projects, model trains and mechanical operations.
He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he was a high priest.
He lived in Kenai for several years with his daughter, Kacky, where he enjoyed observing Alaska's wildlife and creating art projects. While in Alaska, he worked for VECO Enterprises and Frontier.
"Rex was fascinated by the lure of the north. He had a joyous spirit, always sharing and concerned for others. Spending time with his family as a brother, uncle, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was his greatest pleasure," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Edith Craner Wells, and siblings Hazel Stevens, Bertha Fulmer, Russ Wells, Altha Whitehead, John Wells and Ray Wells.
He is survived by his sister, Olive Hulbert Brown of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Kacky Wells of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Brock and Tyra Wells of Basin City; and grandchildren Shadrach Parker and Troy Franklin of Fairbanks, Makala and her husband, James Hales of Santaquin, Utah, Taneil and her husband, Dave Specht, of Rexburg, Idaho, Haley Wells of Provo, Utah, Kase, Vard, Blaire and Laryn Wells of Basin City, and Dax Wells, who is serving as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Sydney, Australia.
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