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Jack Kenneth Wells

Korean War veteran

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POSTED October 22, 2009 2:07 a.m.
Jack Kenneth Wells, 76, a long time resident of Lathrop, entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. He was born and raised in Okmulgee, Oklahoma where he attended Okmulgee High School.

In 1949 Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16 and served two years during the Korean War. Jack was awarded the Occupation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal and three Campaign Stars. He then served four years in the U.S. Navy and sailed on the aircraft carrier USS Saipan around the world. Jack was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

Jack returned to Okmulgee and met Ida. They married and had two children, Kenny and Dennis.  Jack and Ida moved to Southern California but then in 1964 relocated and settled in Lathrop where Jack worked and supervised maintenance for Libby-Owen-Ford until he retired in 1996 after 32 years.
Jack was an avid golfer and played in Manteca with the Valley Golfers. He also enjoyed boating on the Delta and fishing.

Jack was a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The family would meet for dinner every Sunday at Jack and Ida’s.  He had a great sense of humor and loved the practical joke.

Jack Wells was preceded in death by his wife Ida of 52 years as well as his father Julius and mother Beatrice. Jack is survived by sons: Ken Wells of Manteca and Dennis Wells of Lathrop, his grandchildren: Justin Wells of Ripon, Ryan Wells of Ripon and Megan Wells of Modesto, great-granddaughter Ashlyn of Modesto, daughter-in-law; Marci Lewis, step-grandchildren Alex and Patrick of Ripon, sisters: Bonnie Shotwell and Sharon York of Okla. Brothers: Donald Wells and Paul Cook of Okla.

Mr. Wells’ services are being entrusted by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Visitation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of life service, both held at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road, Manteca.  To send a special message or words of condolences please visit Mr. Wells’ on-line guest book at
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
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