Wilford Wells

August 30, 1920 - October 25, 2007

Wilford G. Wells (87) passed away on October 25th at the

Ardmore Veteran's Center, Ardmore, OK. He had been a resident

there since July.

Mr. Wells was born in Erick, Oklahoma on August 30, 1920 to

Mae Estell (Balkom) Wells and William Lowell Wells. His

parents settled in the Erick area before statehood arriving by

covered wagons. He was the oldest of four children including

Wayne Wells, Lola Mae Wells-McTaggart and Lillie Jo

Wells-Callison. He was reared and educated in Erick and

graduated from Erick High School where he was an outstanding

athlete in football, wrestling and baseball.

Mr. Wells joined the U.S. Navy Seabees serving in the South

Pacific Theater in World War II. He was assigned to the 73^rd

Seabee Battalion and was involved in two major campaigns

including the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, Pelelu and Munda

New Georgia. He was very proud of his service to our nation. He

was a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the

American Legion.

He married Crystal Fern Phillips on August 23, 1942 in Erick.

Upon returning from the war, the couple made their home in

Erick where Mr. Wells owned and operated his own service

station on the famous old U.S. Highway 66. He later worked as a

mechanic at John Deere dealerships in Erick and Sayre. In 1952

he went to work for Oilwell Supply Company, U.S. Steel Corp.,

in Elk City. He also worked with Oilwell Supply in Pauls Valley,

Duncan, Seminole, Cushing and Oklahoma City retiring after 28

years of service. The couple have made there home in Edmond

for the last 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal, of Ardmore, two sons, Dale

Wells and his wife, Cheryl of Ardmore, OK, Jim Wells and his

wife, Sandy of Edmond, OK; three grandsons, Dr. Kevin Wells

and his wife, Amy of Ardmore, OK, Jason Wells and his wife,

Jolea of Edmond, OK, David Wells and his wife, Erin of Dallas,

TX; four great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Alexandra Wells of

Ardmore, OK, Jacob Wells and Jordan Sharpe of Edmond, OK

and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Wells was preceded in death by his parents, his brother,

Wayne, his sister, Lola McTaggart and one grandson, Scott