MUSTANG, Okla. — Charles H. “Chuck” Wells, 82, passed away on 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 (Scott) Wells. As a child, he moved with his family to Mound Valley. He grew up and attended schools in Mound Valley, graduating from Mound Valley High School in 1956.
He and Patty Sue Yeubanks were married in July 1960 in Mound Valley. They started a family in the Mound Valley area before moving to Oklahoma City in 1968. Charles then began his career as a marketing representative for Skelly Oil Co., Getty Oil and Texaco.
Charles is survived by his daughter, Julie Wells (Melinda Smith); a friend, Clara Evans; three grandchildren, Logan Smith, Braden Wells and Landon Smith; two sisters, Betty Hill and Bert Childress; and several nieces and nephews. He is 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 and 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 that is 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.
The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mound Valley Cemetery.
Donations can be made in memory of the Pumpkin Creekers to the Mound Valley Cemetery Association in care of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.