Thursday, May 26, 2011
Webb City man dies the day before his 42nd anniversary; Wells was hero at Home Depot during tornado
M. “Dean” Wells, age 59 of Webb City, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Home Depot. Dean was born August 31, 1951 at Ft. Carson, CO to parents, Paul and Jean (Hall) Wells. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Dean married Margaret Sue Simons May 23, 1969 in Boulder, CO, his death coming one day before their 42nd Anniversary. Sue survives of the home.
Dean was a member of the First Christian Church of Webb City where he sang with his church group every Tuesday at area nursing homes or with ill members of the church and community. He loved music and was very adept at whistling. He recorded records of his whistling and often sung and whistled for his church.
Dean was a Department Head at Home Depot. He saved several lives at Home Depot on May 22, 2011 and ultimately lost his life in the process. Anyone who knew him knew this was his style of living; helping others first.
Dean is also survived by his daughters, DeAnne Mancini and husband John of Tucson, AZ and Paulla Wells of Hot Springs, AR, his mother, Jean Wells of Tucson, 4 grandchildren, Ashley Gietz of Staten Island, NY, Anthony and Laura Larkin of Hot Springs and Dillon Gietz of Tucson; and a great grandson, Maximus Michael Jaslow.
Memorial Services for Mr. M. “Dean” Wells will be Saturday at the First Christian Church in Webb City. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the MDA in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.