Forrest E. Wells

WELLS, Forrest E., 93, of Janesville, WI, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Forrest was born on May 31, 1920, in Toronto, OH, the son of Mont and Neva (Tice) Wells.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from March 2, 1942, to September 2, 1945, and was stationed in Tunisia and Sicily, where he flew 50 missions in B-25s. He married Marian E. Rees on August 14, 1947. Forrest was a graduate of Ball State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master’s degree in 1952. He taught industrial arts and later special education in Indianapolis, IN. Moving to Wisconsin in 1968, he taught in Kenosha, WI. He then served as director of pupil services and special education in the Shawano-Gresham, Wisconsin, school district retiring in 1985. Forrest was long active in the United Methodist Church and his teaching career was interrupted for three years when he served as associate executive secretary for the Board of Education for the Northern Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church. He was active as a Boy Scout leader and a longtime member of Kiwanis International, having served as a district lieutenant governor. He was a member of Cargill United Methodist Church, Janesville, where his son, Forrest R. Wells, is pastor.

He is survived by three sons: the Rev. Forrest R. Wells of Janesville, Dr. Robert B. (Nancy) Wells of Zion, IL, and Stephen G. Wells of Janesville; two grandchildren, Eric Wells and Diana (Eric) Wells Novak; two brothers, Everett (Viola) Wells of Mesa, AZ, and James Elwood Wells of Tacoma, WA; and one sister, Mary Lucille Wells of Toronto, OH.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian Wells, on June 19, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Herman Wells, and two sisters, Ethel Reid and Doris Bray.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Cargill United Methodist, 2000 Wesley Avenue, Janesville, with the Rev. Forrest R. Wells and the Rev. Krysta Deede officiating. The family will meet friends and relatives from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at the church. Burial with military rites will be in the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI, at noon Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Memorials may be designated to Cargill United Methodist Church.

The family is being assisted by Henke-Clarson Funeral Home.