April 17, 2009
Colonel Harold G. Wells, Jr.
World War II Veteran
Southern Pines, NC, Colonel Wells, aged 94, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Penick
Village Nursing Home.
Born in Stamford, Conn. in 1915, he was the son of Marie Clark and Harold G. Wells, Sr. of Cos Cob, Conn. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1931 and the University of Connecticut in 1936 where he majored in forestry and education. He then became supervisor of Drinkwater Lumber Yard. In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. A veteran of World War II he served in the Middle East as Squadron Navigator for the 98th Bomb Group and received the Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with clusters, Air Force Commendation medal and many ribbons and oak leaf clusters. After the war years he was stationed in various Air Force bases in the United States, France, Japan and Hawaii. He taught ROTC at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Colonel Wells retired after 30 years of distinguished service. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel, enjoyed gardening and was much loved by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Col. Wells was predeceased by his first wife, Frances Ronalter Wells of Stafford Springs, CT. He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn Burt); his two daughters: Janet Wells Errichetti of Middlebury, Conn., Susan Wells Fischer and husband Paul of Kawaihae, Hawaii, his brother, Leonard of Greenwich, Conn., three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held on April 20, 2009 at the Penick Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinsons.org.