Vernon H. Wells

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

Messages & Condolences

From Marsha Bickel & family...

Our love & sympathy with the family
Uncle Vernon will be dearly missed but know that we all have wonderful memories to carry us through. I will remember all the camping trips & vacations I took with Aunt Cleta & Uncle Vernon, which were educational but didn’t seem like it
I will keep the memory of every “switch” of love too
Love you, wish we could be with you

From Gayla Carr Schmitz...

My prayers are with your family during this time. May God’s peace and comfort be with you.

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