Thomas E. Wells, Jr, 96, died July 29, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Fl. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Carolyn Chapman Wells, brother Greeley Wells, daughter Carolyn (David) Jones, son Thomas (Mary Ann) E. Wells, IV, grandchildren Carolyn (Mark) Lukasick, Ruth (John) Lee, Helen (Stephen) Gaimari, Georgia (Grant) Rosenblum, Margaret (Adelbert) Spaan, Thomas E. Wells, V, Andrew (Amy) Wells, Elizabeth (Ryan) Martin and sixteen great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy (Shaw) McCutcheon. He was born May 3, 1917 and lived in Lake Forest until 1966 when he and his wife moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He led his family in acquiring several suburban Chicago banks beginning in 1966 that were ultimately consolidated into First American Bank, which remains under family control today. His was also active throughout his years managing a family cattle ranch in Lisco, NE. Memorial services will be held at Onwentsia Club, 300 N. Greenbay Rd., Lake Forest, IL at 2:00 Saturday, August 10, 2013.