John Dale Wells


May 7, 1961 - November 10, 2012





John Dale Wells was born May 7, 1961, to Alfred (Ike) and Joyce (Shirley) Wells in Santa Ana, CA. He lived in Kimball then White Lake where he grew up and attended schools. In 1979, he graduated from White Lake High School with honors and in 1981 graduated from Mitchell Vocational Technical School with an Agricultural degree.

He farmed at Winfred and Fedora then was employed at the Owens and West Pheasant Farm at White Lake. On November 30, 1985, he married Debra Wolbrink at the First Reformed Church in Mitchell. He moved to Mitchell, where he was employed at UBC building pole barns for ten years, Lakeview Veterinary Clinic for ten years, the Mitchell Farmers Elevator and then the Blue Stem family farm in Mount Vernon. In 1996, he moved to Mount Vernon to farm. He was currently employed with the Davison County Highway Department and for many years he worked at the Mitchell Livestock Auction. He loved his family and had a passion for farming and hunting. He played church league softball, bowled and enjoyed basketball and fishing. He had been a member of the First Reformed Church in Mitchell and attended the United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his wife, Deb, three children: Adam Wells and fiancé, Amanda of Sioux Falls; Clayton Wells of Tea; Courtney Wells of Mount Vernon; one grandson, Elijah Bradley Wells of Sioux Falls, his father and step-mother, Ike and Eva Lou Wells of White Lake, three brothers: Dave Wells and wife, Karla of Loveland, CO; Doug Wells and friend, Teena of Ranier, WA; Frank Wells and friend, Pam of Mitchell; one sister,  Teresa Deumier and husband, Doug of Mitchell, brothers and sisters-in-law: Gary Wolbrink and wife, Connie of Sioux Falls; Steve  Wolbrink and wife, Diana of Mitchell; Loretta Winthers of Mitchell, Jim Miller of Harpers Ferry, WV and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Wells, one brother, Mike Wells, a niece, Amy Wells, his father and mother-in-law, Gerrit and Agnes (Nydam) Wolbrink, brother-in-law, Roger Wolbrink, sister-in-law, Arlene Plooster and her husband, Norman, sister-in-law, Pat Miller and uncles: George Wells and John Wells and wife, Dakota.   


Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Reformed Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
516 West 14th Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, November 14, 2012
10:30 AM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Aurora Reformed Cemetery
Aurora Center, South Dakota

Posted by Frank Wells on December 27, 2012
Well I miss you alot John. You really helped me out in the last few years and I will miss our talks. It is hard to believe you are gone and it will be tough for awhile but will always think of you and the things we've done together. I will never forget. I know you are visiting with Uncle John and you are farming again. I will always love you
Posted by Kay Schoenfelder on November 15, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Nothing I can say will help, but just keep your faith and The Lord
wll help you through. My deepest sympathy coming your way.
Posted by Bill and Joyce Van Gorp on November 14, 2012
Oh, Debbie, we are so sorry to hear about John's death. We pray you will find comfort and peace from Jesus now and that in the days ahead your faith in Him will sustain you and your family................
Posted by Pamela and Larry Goldammer on November 14, 2012
Deb, Adam, Clayton and Courtney -- words can't express our sorrow and sympathy for you all. I am so glad we got to see and visit with you and John this past July. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Melissa walker on November 14, 2012
so, so sad for you guys...
i wish I could be there to give you a big hug.
we're praying for God's strength for you today. brian and the girls send their love as well.
Posted by Ruth DenOuden on November 13, 2012
Deb you and your family are in my prayers. What can I say. I am so saddened. God will provide a way for you in the days ahead.
Posted by gary iverson on November 13, 2012
I was Johns ,shop teacher when he attend high school at White Lake. He was a very enjoyable kid. If all kids were like him it would make teaching a special experience. Sorry to hear of your loss. John will be missed! Our deepest sympathy to all.
Posted by Lorraine King on November 13, 2012
Deb and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, big hugs heading your way, hold on to the memeries to get you though this diffucult time. My sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Roxy Zimmer on November 13, 2012
My sympathies to you Deb and family. "Big John" was such a nice person that I had the pleasure of working with at Lakeview Vet Clinic. He always had a smile on his face.
Posted by Jodi Weber on November 13, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting John many years ago when we attend Vo-tech together. He was in his second year of Ag and I had just started my first. He was such a happy and fun person to be around. My sympathies to his family.
Posted by Cheri Swart on November 12, 2012
I know there is nothing to say to make you feel better but I want you to know thinking about you and your family and will keep you in my prayers.
Posted by Kim Dethlefsen on November 12, 2012
Thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of your loss of John. Was very sad to hear about it and know how much he will be greatly missed.
Posted by Karen & Steve Scarborough on November 12, 2012
Deb and family, We are so sad for you and share in your loss. We will all miss John and remember him as thoughtful and kind and fun to be around. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed his family and friends. It was a joy to see how he held and loved his grandbaby at Jeff's wedding this summer. Our love and prayers are with you. You are loved by so many people, Deb. You are not alone in this difficult time.
Posted by Brenda Carpentier on November 12, 2012
So sorry for your loss. John was such a great person. He will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.
Posted by janice (Van Soest) Hettinger on November 12, 2012
Deb, My mom just called me to tell me about your loss. I am so sorry Deb. My sympathy, love, and many thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Ashley Hubregtse (Granddaughter of Clarice Wells) on November 12, 2012
I am so deeply saddened by your loss. I too always remember seeing a smile on John's face! Thinking of all of you during this extremely difficult time
Posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on November 12, 2012
Deb and family - We were very sad to hear the news about John. Never found him without a big smile on his face! He was a great guy and we are blessed to have gotten to know him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time.
Posted by Brad, Jayne, Amy, Amanda Carlson on November 11, 2012
Our hearts are aching for you all at this very sad time. We lost a wonderful person. We are so thankful for the nice visit just last Sunday with John and so was Elijah his Grandson. Sounds like they had lots of fun together also. Treasure the memories. We often talked about how lucky Elijah was to have a fun Grandpa John to go hunting with someday. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
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