Monday, August 13, 2012

Vernon L. Wells 1910-1986

Vernon L. Wells, son of Franklin T. and Fannie Marie Wilson Wells was born in Salem, South Dakota August 19, 1910 and departed this life in his home at Richland, Missouri June 15, 1986.

He moved with his parents from South Dakota to a farm near Waynesville, Missouri when a small child, and lived nearly all his entire life in the vicinity of Waynesville or Richland, Missouri.

Vernon never married but devoted all his early life to the care of his aging parents.

He was a wonderful son, a kind and loving brother, and a very caring and devoted uncle to his 42 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Franklin T. and Fannie Wells, four sisters:  Emma Sellers, Ella Miller, Pearl Null, and Agnes Palmer; five brothers: Henry, Arthur, Edgar, Oliver and Merton.

Vernon was called to serve his country in the Second World War on March 5, 1942 and served until November 9, 1945.  He served in the field artillery.  He received five Bronze Stars, was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, was issued a Chapel Button, entitled to wear an American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, European, Africa, Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon and three Overseas Bars.  He served his country like he did everything else, with pride and dignity.

Vernon was converted early in life and became a member of the Buckhorn Church soon after it was organized.  He was a very dedicated Christian, loving his Lord and his church above all else.  When his health and eye sight began to fail he had to miss some services be he never complained with his lot in life, enjoying every day the Lord saw fir to let him live.

Last Saturday night he went to bed in his own home, and Sunday morning he woke up in the presence of the Lord.

To us who are left to mourn his passing, his church family, his numerous nieces and nephews and all his friends, we could say his was a life of service and a life well spent.

I believe the Lord received him with open arms and with the words, “Well Done Thou Good And Faithful Servant”.

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