Warren Glahe Wells
AGE: 92 • Whiting
Warren Glahe Wells, 92, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Hamilton Place in The Pines at Whiting. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Warren was born July 21, 1921 to John N. Wells and Madeline Janet Wells of West Orange.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Jean Wells and two siblings, Edwin Wells and Jean Wells. He is survived by his spouse, Audrey Turner Wells of Whiting and sisters-in-law, Mary Wells of Cranford, and Joan Theurer of Connecticut, and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his four children, Jeffrey C. Wells of Eugene, Oregon, Wendy Wells (John) Schimandle of Rocklin, CA, Russell Wells (Lea) of Dallas, TX, and Christopher Wells (Renee) of Searcy, AK; and stepson, Craig Turner (Janice) of Forked River.
Warren was a proud grandfather and is survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
After graduating from West Orange High School, he received a scholarship to Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken where he was an outstanding student and received both a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Gear and Triangle Society and also the Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He was pleased that he was on the Dean's list all four years. He was an active member of the Alumni Assn. and served on the Executive Committee for many years. He was a passionate fund raiser in addition to being a generous donor to Stevens. He received the Lifetime Service Award from Stevens in 2013.
After receiving his degree, he worked for Gibbs and Cox Naval Architects in NYC and then in E.I. DuPont Co. in Penns Grove, NJ. He was accepted in the Navy V-7 program in Nov. 1942 serving during WWII
as the Electronic Field Service Group Lieutenant aboard 11 different combat vessels. The Navy sent him to Harvard and MIT to receive advanced Radar training where 3-coordinate radar was developed to combat Kamikaze attacks on the U.S. fleet in the Pacific. After the War, he was involved in the Electrical and Mechanical field. He and 3 colleagues decided to start their own business and they established Allied Transmission, Inc. in NYC working together for 30 years until retiring in 1989. They were pioneers in the field of automation, especially assisting Broadway producers with the movement of scenery on stages.
After retiring, Warren moved from Upper Montclair to Lake Mohawk where the family had enjoyed many previous summers together. He lived there until Ruth's death in 2003. He married longtime family friend, Audrey Turner and moved to Whiting in 2005.
As a devout Christian, he was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair for 50 years serving the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, Trustee, Deacon and Elder. He is a present member of Community Reformed Church in Whiting. When he previously lived in Little Falls, he was active as a Boy Scout leader (received his own Eagle Scout award in high school). He was a volunteer fireman
with the Great Notch Fire Co. for 15 years and always available to help others.
Warren was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by his wife, Audrey, his children, extended family and multitude of friends. He was a powerful personality and patriot, a lover of God, and a man who possessed a zest for life and new adventure.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Community Reformed Church, 30 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ 08759. Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 19 at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown. Contributions in Warren's memory may be sent to the church. Services are under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Whiting. For further information or online condolences, go to www.andersoncampbellwhiting.com