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Eddie Wells, 75, of Quincy, passed away at 7:06 a.m. Thursday (February 22, 2018) in his home.
Born September 25, 1942 in Quincy, Eddie was the son of James E. and Caroline E. Waigand Wells. He married Patricia "Pat" Hickerson on July 7, 1963 in Quincy. She survives.
Eddie served his country in the U. S. Army from 1961 to 1964, stationed for 13 months in Korea.
Eddie was a member of Herman Masonic Lodge No. 39, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield, Quincy Shrine Club and the Quincy Shrine Belgian Hitch where he was active and enjoyed helping with the horses. While living in Georgia, Eddie was a member of the Shrine Clown Unit and built a train he named the "Butterball Express". He kept the train when he moved and enjoyed giving children rides, especially his own grandchildren and great grandchildren. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his greatest joy. He loved being active in their lives, especially building birdhouses and just spending time with them. Eddie will be remembered for always having a joke to tell.
Eddie was employed at Colt Industries for 25 years and then at Best Conveyer in Jonesboro, Arkansas, retiring after 20 years with the company.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Pat; two children, Caroline Ripper (Dean) of Quincy and Jeffery Wells (Monica) of Quincy; four grandchildren, Nichole Blickhan (Anthony), Kathryn Ripper, Seth Thomas and Zane Wells; two great grandchildren, Keaton Jones and Kaylynn Blickhan; a sister, Vicki Motley of Boulder City, NV; three brothers in law, Don Mack of Dundee, IL, Patrick "Skip" Hickerson (Marsha) of Quincy and Roger Hickerson (Cheryl) of Payson, IL; two sisters in law, Sue Crossan (Richard) of Quincy and Henrietta Wells of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Wells; and a sister, Marilyn Mack.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Brown officiating. Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Monday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice or the Shriner's Childrens Hospital.