Donald William (Dutch) Well

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Donald William (Dutch) Well Obituary
Donald (Dutch) William Well April 9, 1922 - October 5, 2012 Donald William Well was born April 9, 1922 to Gordon and Violet (Schlucter) Well in Cavalier, North Dakota. He was the eldest of five siblings. Don served in the U.S. Army in WWII and was discharged in September, 1944. He was the last survivor of the 164th Infantry of Cavalier. The 164th became the American Division of Soldiers from Cavalier, North Dakota. He always cherished the memory of his Army buddies and the time he spent defending our country. In June of 1945 Don married Pearl Hartje in Cavalier. Together they had three children, Linda, Rick and Kathy. In 1959 Dutch moved his family to California where he began his career in the insurance business. Don worked in insurance until his retirement in 1990. During his retirement he enjoyed many endeavors in Tehachapi for twenty seven years. He was devoted to the church and congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where he served as deacon. His church family loved him and appreciated the many acts of kindness that they all enjoyed with Dutch as their deacon. Don also faithfully served VFW Post 12114 in Tehachapi as chaplain. His dedication included placing and removing the American flags on all patriotic holidays. Dutch was a proud American and believed it was his duty to be a part of this tradition. In 2003, Don and Pearl moved back to Bakersfield to be closer to friends and family. They rejoined Saint John's Lutheran Church and he felt right at home. He wasn't as active but his heart remained the same. He regularly attended until being called home. Don is survived by his wife Pearl, daughters Linda Argo (Gene), Placerville, CA, Kathy Stamp (Don), Bakersfield, CA, son Rick Well, Bakersfield, CA, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, a brother Howard Well, Anaheim, CA and sister Doris Dunning, Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews. His entire family loved their "Grandpa". He always had a smile on his face and he loved making the children laugh and enjoy their time with him. He wasn't afraid to be silly and they all loved him for that wonderful quality. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Glenn Well, sister Madeline Nowatzki, half sister Barbara Ray and step sister Dolores Atkins. A memorial service is scheduled at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista, Bakersfield, CA October 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Donations can be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in his memory. The world has lost a good man but now his Lakers and Dodgers will win every game and he has heard those cherished words "well done my good and faithful servant." www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 9, 2012
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