Robert E. Wells, age 84, of Burr Oak, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2011, at home.
He was born July 11, 1927, in St. Joseph County, a son of the late Olen and Margaret (Milliman) Wells.
Robert graduated from Bronson High School with the class of 1945, and had been a resident of Branch County until his marriage to Jean F. Wellington on June 25, 1949 in Burr Oak. They moved into St. Joseph County, where he had since resided.
He had been employed at Wall Packing Company in Sturgis for 19 years, was a foreman for the St. Joseph County Road Commission for 36 years, owned and operated the family farm and was a custom butcher his entire life.
He enjoyed farming, fishing, country music, “Hee-Haw” television programs, and was especially fond of socializing with friends, and spending time with his family, which was very important to him.
Surviving are wife, Jean; his children, Robert A. (Conni) Wells of Butler, Tenn., Denise (James) Hoisington of Stanwood, Terri Wells of Burr Oak and Brad L. (Jackie) Wells of Burr Oak; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond (Deb) Wells of Sturgis and Max (Hattie) Wells of Bronson; a sister, Joyce Ernsberger of Bronson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Wesley Wells; a brother, Howard Wells; a sister-in-law, Katherine Wells; and a brother-in-law, Merlin Ernsberger.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Hackman Family Funeral Home — Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert E. Wells will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Porter of Church of Christ in Colon, officiating.
Graveside services and interment will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations be directed to the family or Burr Oak Community Schools. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.comhttp://www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.