Paul Leroy Wells

Paul Leroy Wells, 84, of Caldwell, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, surrounded by his family, at the Summit Acres Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Caldwell.

He was born Jan. 9, 1930, in Olive Township, a son of the late Ernest L. “Bob” and Naomi Combs Wells.

On Oct. 21, 1955, he married Ruth Baker and went to housekeeping on their farm near Sharon. Paul served his country in the United States Army, serving two years in the Korean War. He was a carpenter by trade and spent many years raising cattle and hogs. He also worked as a mechanic for L & H Tractor Sales. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as visiting with family, friends and neighbors. Paul spent hours watching the squirrels, birds and other wildlife from his window.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Delmer Wells; and two sisters-in-law, Nina Wells and Shirley Wells. Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth Baker Wells; three sons, Jake (Brenda) Wells, Frank (Debbie) Wells and Ernie (Tammy) Wells; two daughters, Janice (Stanley) Archer and Barbara (Doug) Purdum; grandchildren, Chris (Brooke) Wells, Jessica (Jonathan) Barnes, Michael (Shelley) Gibson, Brandi (Adam) Martin, Beth Ann Gibson, Kenny (Sarah Beth) Wells, Sarah Jo Wells, James (Katie) Archer, Matthew (Jamie) Archer, Ashley Fecat, Nicholas Wells and Danielle (Ryan) Moore; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Wells of Dunganon, Ohio, and Russell (Nellie) Wells of Sharon, Ohio; sister-in-law, Minnie Wells of Chesterhill. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, at the Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 19, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Dudley Cemetery near Caldwell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Hospice of Guernsey Inc., P.O. Box #1165, Cambridge, Ohio 43725.

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