MUSTANG, Okla. — Charles H. “Chuck” Wells, 82, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Mustang, Oklahoma, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on March 18, 1938, in Okesa, Oklahoma, to John and Susie Wells. He grew up and started a family in the Mound Valley area and moved to Oklahoma City in 1968 to begin his career as a marketing representative for Skelly Oil Co., Getty Oil Co. and Texaco.
Charles is survived by his daughter, Julie Wells (Melinda Smith); a friend, Clara Evans; grandchildren, Logan Smith, Braden Wells and Landon Smith; sisters, Betty Hill and Bert Childress; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patty; and a son, Tony.
Those who knew Charles knew he defied the odds with his recent health struggles and always looked forward to his next project in life. He had one of the strongest work ethics around, working on project after project, never seeming to run out of ideas. In fact, the night before he passed away he was designing and planning his next project at the lake. Everyone also knows that when he wasn’t tinkering with something he was telling a joke or a story.
He was part of a very special group of lifelong friends from the Southeast Kansas area known as the Pumpkin Creekers. This group has remained very close friends through the years and recently began assisting with the support and upkeep of the local Mound Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of the Pumpkin Creekers to the Mound Valley Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 61, Mound Valley, KS 67354.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. May 29 at Mound Valley Cemetery.