Gene Wells

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Gene Wells

Gene Wells Gene W. Wells, 76, of Ottumwa, died at 11:15 a.m. March 14, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
He was born November 17, 1942 in Hancock County, IL to John Freeman and Mary Maxine Buckert Wells. He married Linda Kirby on August 25, 2000.
Gene was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Hamilton, IL and earned a M.A. from Western Illinois University. He taught art for 35 years in high schools in Illinois, Colorado and in Keosauqua, IA. He was a paramedic and Ambulance Director for Van Buren County Hospital. He also taught EMT training for several years.
Gene was an artist, creating jewelry, painting and photography.
He was a member of Elks Lodge #1319 in Lamar, CO.
Surviving is his wife, Linda; his daughter, Jan Seyfert of Hamilton, IL; step-children, Melody (Lowell) Johns of Ottumwa, Brenda (Eric) Jensen of Hedrick and Michael (Lindee) Thomas of Milton; 8 grandchildren, Aiden, Paige, Seth, Tyler, Mason, Jaxon, Walker and Lainee; a very special great-granddaughter, Brenlynn; a sister, Brenda (Tim) Etter of Nauvoo, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dog, Vinny.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Terry Wells; and siblings, Wayne, Larry, Donnie and Kevin Wells and Lesa Willis.
His body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Van Buren County Hospital or Van Buren County High School for the Art Department.
Published on March 15, 2019
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Joann Jensen
Mar 17, 2019
Sorry for your loss.
Rita Jo Hayes
Mar 17, 2019
Prayers and hugs to the family 7 friends. RIP Gene.