Gary Ray Wells, 77, of Kinderhook, Ill., passed away at 8:18 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the House of Prayer in Kinderhook, Ill. Pastor Bob Cook will officiate. Burial will be at Samuel Taylor Cemetery in Rockport, Ill.
Friends and family are invited to Gary's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal,.
Gary was born Sept. 20, 1941, in Summerhill, Ill., to Archie Marshall and Ella Mae Head Wells.
He was married to Ann J. "Annie" Helm on April 9, 1960, in New Hartford, Ill. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Monte Wells (Colleen) of Hannibal and Chad M. Wells (Tonya Pinkston) of Kinderhook, Ill.; one brother, Marshall Dee Wells (Doris) of Boca Raton, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lauren Anderson (Steven), Paige Dillman, Scott T. Wells (Brooke Schoch), Cheyenne D. Copher, Allen Booth and Tiffany Pinkston; and three great-grandchildren, Kylie Anderson, Gabriel Copher and Aeris Booth. Gary is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his daughter, Robyn Renate Copher; and his parents.
Gary grew up in Rockport, Ill., and worked for the water department in Kinderhook. Professionally, Gary worked at BASF for over 30 years as a boiler control operator.
Outside of work, Gary took pleasure in gardening, mushroom hunting, hunting squirrel and traveling to Canada and Niagara Falls. He liked to play card games with his family, especially Pitch, and also liked to shoot pool. A talented carpenter, Gary built his own home and was always doing remodeling work to the home. Gary was the mayor of Kinderhook for many years. He also enjoyed cooking and grilling for his family. Most of all, Gary enjoyed family gatherings and he especially enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.
Gary would read his Bible daily. He was a Christian by faith and attended the House of Prayer in Kinderhook, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.
Pallbearers will be Austin Menz, Ray Grimsley, Brandon Grimsley, Scott Wells, Monte Wells and Chad Wells.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hank Walton and Herb Rennecker.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com