Richard W. "Rich" Wells, age 66, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at his home.
A memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to international orphanage assistance advocates, Love Without Boundaries, P.O. Box 25016, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0016, or North Harbor Community Church, P.O. Box 425, Topsham, ME 04086.
Born Oct. 2, 1944, in Green Port, Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of Norma "Polly" Sammis Wells and the late Herbert Wells Jr. He married Carol (Joy) Wells, who survives of the home. He graduated high school from Southold, N.Y. and attended Springfield (Mass.) College. He was a member of the US Marine Corps and graduated from Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Va., in 1967 and from Naval Flight Schools in Florida, Mississippi and Texas in 1969. From May 1970 to March 1971 he served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and served as forward air controller for the Korean Marine Corps. He was a flight instructor at VMFAT-201, Cherry Point, N.C. From 1975 to 1978 he served as an active reservist in VMA-322, South Weymouth, Mass., and served in the Individual Ready Reserves until his retirement in 1988. He worked from 1974 to 1999 for United Service Life Insurance Company and Reliastar Insurance. In 1999, he became a financial planner and life insurance specialist for Allstate. He was an active member of North Harbor Community Church in Topsham. He was also a long time member of Brunswick Golf Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Norma, of Southhold, N.Y.; two sons, Daniel Wells and his wife, Lisa, of Topsham, and Andrew Wells and his wife, Angie, of Marshall; grandchildren, Sophie, Clara and Josie, all of Topsham, and Jackson, Jude and Maire, all of Marshall; two brother's, Roger Wells and his wife, Theresa, of Dwitt, Mich., and Herbert Wells III and his wife, Christine, of Reno, Nev.; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Thornton of Madison, Wis., and Marie Trudel of Kittery, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.
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