A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Metropolis with Rev. David Deem officiating. Military rites will follow the service.
Mr. Wells was a retired pilot, crop duster and plumber/pipefitter.
He was the former owner/operator of Charles O. Wells Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and retired from Player’s Casino as facilities manager.
He was a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 160 in Murphysboro; Moose Lodge 282, where he served as past governor for several terms; American Legion Post 306, where he held several offices, most recently serving as the chaplain; VFW Post 3847; and the Metropolis Masonic Lodge 91.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rebecca Ridge Wells of Metropolis; two sons, Jon Darren Wells and wife Tammy of Metropolis and Charles Devin Wells of Port Ludlow, Wash.; one daughter, Shannon Dru Rehlmeyer and husband Brad of Metropolis; five grandchildren, Jon Mason Wells, Toby Ridge Wells, Stefan Dru Rehlmeyer and Bryn Aubin Rehlmeyer, all of Metropolis, and Liam David Wells of Port Ludlow; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tobie and Averil Lawrence Wells; two sisters, Marjorie Jackson and Geneva Guice; and six brothers, Harold Wells, Walter Wells, Oliver Wells, Phillip Wells, Claude Wells and Donald Wells.
Visitation will be held Friday from noon until the funeral hour at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9956; or Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Miller Funeral Home of Metropolis is in charge of arrangements.