Thomas E. Wells, Sr., 78, of Linton, passed away at noon on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at his residence.
Born March 22, 1928 in East St. Louis, Ill., he was the son of Thomas M. and Esther (Pretzel) Wells.
He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked at the Linton Red & White, Shurway, V&S Hardware in Bloomfield, and retired as an inspector for the State Highway Garage. He was a member of the F&AM Lodge 560 and American Legion Post 22, both in Linton, the Scottish Rite and Zorah Shrine, both in Terre Haute, and a lifetime member of the Linton Moose Lodge.
Survivors include: a son Thomas Wells Jr. and his wife Stacy of Linton; a daughter Jackolyn and her husband Jim Cooper of Linton; four grandchildren, Thad Cooper of Turkey, Jaimie Brock of Williams, and Kinley and Katie Wells of Linton; three great-granddaughters, McKayla, Mercedee and McKenzee Cooper, all of Turkey; and a half-sister Dorothy Hill of Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty Lou (Soehnlin) Wells, who passed away Aug. 5, 2001 and two half-brothers, Jack Hanley and Bud Donovin.
Funeral service will be at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel at 1 p.m. on Friday with his son-in-law the Rev. James Cooper officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Linton with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post 22 of Linton.
Friends may call today from 5-8 p.m., and after noon until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.