Henry Layton "Hank" Wells, 92, of Marshall, went snowmobiling with Jesus on January 9, 2023.
Henry was born September 17, 1930 in Battle Creek to Henry Lavern and Georgia (Edson) Wells. In 1950, he hired in as a mechanic for Consumers Power Company and retired as a supervisor after 39 years. His supervisor hat was hard for him to take off which overflowed to home causing his girls to often refer to him as "Sergeant Carter." Henry was happiest when he was outside working to perfect his lawn on his John Deere, riding his Gator and playing in the snow on his Arctic Cat. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and boating. He played softball on the city league and his church league for years. He was a big fan of the Detroit Tigers and was able to attend many games. After Henry retired, he got a kick out of collecting and working on classic cars. He spent many weekends attending classic car shows with his friends in the Tri County Classics car club. Henry adored his family and looked forward to spending time with them. He was also a people person who never met a person he didn't like. He was quite the character and delighted in teasing those he loved often. Henry's smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Henry married the former Susan "Susie" Yaw on August 17, 1985, who survives. He is also survived by his five daughters, Karen (Jim) Smith, Debbie (Chuck) Sayers, Reba Kinne, Jennifer (the late Brad) Jackson and Amy (Aaron) Tuhacek; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; one great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. His three oldest children were from his previous marriage of 29 years to Shirley Winslow.
Henry was greeted in heaven by his parents, two sisters, Edith and Margaret, his brother, Clifford and his niece, Donna Bradley.
A memorial service to celebrate Henry's life will be Monday, January 16, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 65 North Bedford Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037. Visitation with his family will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or to Project Hope Animal Rescue. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.