Reid R. Wells, 65 of Ashton, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Martin Egging officiating. A light lunch will follow the service at St. Francis Parish Hall in Ashton.
Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Gates Cemetery at Gates, with coffee following the committal service at the Gates school. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Ashton Fire and Rescue or Wells family. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. You can sign Reid's guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.
Reid R. Wells was born April 21, 1945, at Broken Bow, to Frank and Gretchen (Prettyman) Wells. He attended Gates elementary and graduated from Sargent High School in 1963.
He attended Kearney State College for one year and while there played on the football team. He married Shirley Keefe in 1964, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sargent. To this union four children were born; Mike, Mark, Mitch and Melinda.
In 1964, they moved to Council Bluffs and while there Reid worked for Union Pacific Railroad. In 1966, they moved back to Gates and Reid farmed with his dad until retiring from farming in 1982.
After farming he worked construction which included work on the Calamus Dam project in Burwell. In 1984, he moved to Fairfield and worked for a feedlot.
June 1, 1985, he married Carol Britton in Grand Island. Reid starting trucking in 1987, and in 2000 Reid and Carol moved to Ashton.
Reid loved fishing, camping, boxing, baseball and farming. He also loved being with his family and watching his grandchildren wrestle.
He was a member of the Broken Bow Elks Club, past member of the Sargent Fire and Rescue and member of the Ashton Community Club. Reid was a believer of organ transplant and was an organ donor following his death.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Carol of Ashton; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Tammy Wells of Anselmo, Mark and Kristy Wells of Broken Bow, Mitch and Kari Wells of Axtell; daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Steve Kennel of Broken Bow; step daughters and step son-in-law, Sara and Jamie Watts of Fairfield, and Kim Coslor of Hastings; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy, Jess, Jacob, Justin, Sydney, Ellie, Haley, Dylan, Harper, Teagan and Quinlyn; four step grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Alex and Paige; sisters, Gaylean Olson of Sargent, and Vicki McCarty of North Platte, and brother-in-law, Dick Leibert of Sargent.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Shirley Leibert; and one granddaughter, Jade.