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Harold Wesley Wells
Harold Wesley Wells died in his sleep in Modesto on July 3, 2013. He had recently suffered a stroke which left him incapacitated. He was 91. Harold was born in Solvay, N.Y. to Roy and Lucy Wells where he lived for 35 years. He grew up with a love of music and sports. In 1941 he began his education at Syracuse University where he excelled on the boxing team taking home the intercollegiate championship for his weight class. His education was interrupted by the war and service in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war he came home and married Jane Molanare in 1949. There they had three children before moving to San Diego in 1957. He completed his degree at Syracuse in 1962.
In 1963 the family moved to Bishop up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where began teaching the seventh grade at Round Valley School north of Bishop. He loved teaching. His fellow teachers and students and maintained that is what he believed he was meant to do. He enjoyed fishing and outdoor activities with his family. He also loved to sing and was active in the local drama club. Once retired he and Jane were excited to be able to travel to Europe several times as well as around the United States. He loved meeting people, his easy going nature and storytelling made him many friends. Hal was a happy easy going man who enjoyed life. When grandchildren started coming along he embraced his role as Grandpa, and further down the road as great grampy.
In 1989, Harold and Jane moved to Modesto to be close to his daughter Kathy and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane, who died in 2004 and his sister Olive Silvio who died in 2010.
He is survived by his children, Stephen Wells of Durango, Colo. Kathleen Satterlee of Oakdale, Jeffrey Wells of Spokane Valley, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Claude Wells of Syracuse, N.Y.; and sister, Evelyn Wight of Rogers, Ark.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday Aug. 2 at Casa de Modesto Retirement Center, 1745 Eldena Way in Modesto.
Remembrances can be made to Community Hospice.