Memorial services with Masonic honors for Vernon H. Wells, 80, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. A visitation will be held from 1 pm until service time. Mr. Wells died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 15, 1935, in Stuttgart, Kan., the son of Francis James and Ellen Venelda Smith Wells. He was a plumber/pipefitter with Local 441 for 55 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 6, Scottish Rite, Abdullah Temple, Masonic National Traveler, and First Baptist Church. Vernon enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and spending time with family.
He married Cleta A. Statler on July 4, 1958, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Dennis J. Wells and wife Carolyn, Valley Falls; a daughter, Mary C. Wells-Hopkins and husband Don, North Pole, Alaska; a brother, Vic Wells, Lawrence; two sisters, Arvella Lee, Lawrence, and Lucille Bohl, Phillipsburg; three grandchildren, Nora Hopkins, and Brandon and Desaree Lightsey; and six great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Masonic – Eastern Star Home for Children, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.