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July 9, 2013

Glenn "Lee" Wells

1928-2013

Glenn Lee Wells, was called to home from this life on Saturday, July 6, 2013 to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior. His son, Jim Wells, was at his side when his Heavenly angels took him by the hand and escorted him home to be with those who have gone on before him, including his wife, Myrtle Wells, whom he longed to see again.

He was born Glenn Lee Otto Wells to William Wells and Myrtle (Payne) Wells at home in Braggs, Oklahoma, on December 27, 1928.  The family later moved to Vian, Oklahoma, to raise their family. The family home place is still there.  He was the oldest of ten children. Being the oldest child, Lee, as he was lovingly known, had to cut his education short to help the family with farming and care of the younger siblings. As a young man, he left for California to work and that is where he met the love of his life, Myrtle Frazier. The story is told he saw her in a movie theater and proceeded to throw popcorn at her to get her attention. It must have worked as they married on October 10, 1946, in Hanford, California. They had five children there before moving to Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1961, to be closer to family where the Lord blessed them with one additional child.

Lee inherited a huge heart and his word was his bond. He was always there to help anyone in need. He worked for Johnny Spears, driving a combine in Hanford, California, when five of his six children were small, but he missed his home and family back in Oklahoma so they packed up and moved back to Oklahoma settling in Muskogee. Upon returning, Lee began his long career as a cross country truck driver. Through he had limited reading skills, he did not let that stop him from providing a living for his family. He once said "imagine if all the signs are in a foreign language and you don't know that language".  He had an incredible memory and would memorize landmarks and mile markers. He could give anyone directions to most anywhere in the U.S. by saying "turn right at the stop light here and you'll see a store called such and such".  Lee was gifted at math skills and a master diesel mechanic, both of which proved helpful in the day to day management of his line of work.  He owned a small trucking business, C&W Trucking, for several years before retiring.  Retirement was not for him, so he returned to the work force as a diesel mechanic for HR Hill Trucking.

Lee never met a stranger, he could talk to anyone for hours on end and make them feel welcome. It was nothing for him to bring a truck driver home with him to have a home cooked meal with his family, as he knew what it was like to be away from home and have to eat at a truck stop. He always helped family and friends whenever the need would arise. Many who knew him as a truck driver/mechanic remember how he would help any time day or night, all anyone had to do was just call.

Lee accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior several years ago and attended church at Abiding Life Church in Muskogee. He was always there when the doors were open, often bringing others with him to experience what he had found. If anyone needed a ride, they only needed to call him.

Lee and Myrtle divorced in 1985, but remained close, and shortly prior to her death in 2011 she refered to him as the love of her life. It broke his heart when she died and he missed her everyday. Often he would tell stories of how they worked together and were proud of the fine adults their children had become. He always loved to receive visits from his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by five of six children, Linda Harris, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Billy (and Debbie) Wells, Ronnie Wells, Kathy (and Mike) Duncan, and Jimmy (and Brenda) Wells all of Muskogee, Oklahoma; three brothers, Loyd, Roy Thomas, and Louie Wells; four sisters, Joyce Yaws, Sue (and Raymond) Price, Mary Lou (and the late Guy) Frazier, and Patricia Brannon.  Lee was the treasured grandfather to 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, and nephews.  He also leaves a large number of close friendships that created much joy in his life.

He is preceded in death by his youngest son, Rickey Glenn Wells; grandson, Brian Eric Wells; wife, Myrtle (Frazier) Wells; two siblings, Billy Dan Wells, Carolyn "Jo" (Wells) Scott; and parents, William "Bill" and Myrtle (Payne) Wells.

Funeral servics for Lee will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee with Dr. Denver Callahan and Jared Callahan officiating with the assistance of Julia Palmer. Pallbearers will be Justin Wells, David Duncan, Todd Morgan, Danny Wells, Chris Harris, Ryan Trent, Aaron Stone, Ryan Hardaway, Eric Salmon, and Johnny Wells.

Final resting place will be Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

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