Carlton Wells

Wells, Carlton M.

Carlton M. Wells, 74 of LeRoy, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at his home.

Carlton was born on April 18, 1938, at home in Oakfield, to Maurice Rollie and Irma Helen (nee Krueger) Wells. He graduated from Mayville High School in 1956 and the UW-Madison's Farm Short Course in 1957. On August 22, 1959, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Selchert at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Horicon. Carlton farmed with his father in Oakfield until 1959, when he and Barb moved to Brownsville and ran their own farm until 1992. Upon retirement from farming, they moved to LeRoy for seven years and he drove semi for Beaver Feed & Grain in Beaver Dam, Hanefeld Brothers Trucking in Burnett and Bulls Eye Trucking in Waukesha. In 1999, they moved to rural Chilton and he drove for Plymouth (BSV) Foam. After being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and Lymphoma, life went full-circle for Carlton and he moved back closer to family in LeRoy.

In his younger years, Carlton was an active member of South Byron 4-H Club, as well as the Fond du Lac Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed hill climbing with his Racing Club around Dundee, WI, where members still meet today. Carlton was an active member of the Brownsville Volunteer Fire Department under Fire Chief Jeff Bloohm in the 1960's. He was also a member of the National Farm Bureau, Brownsville Snowmobile Club and served on the Board of Directors with California Canners and Growers Association. As a member of the Army National Guard in Waupun, Carlton was called to active duty and trained at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA, which was where his son, Scott was born in 1962. Since Carlton was farming here in Wisconsin at the time, he had to hire someone to run his farm during this period. Farming didn't allow for much free time, but he was an antique farm tractor enthusiast, especially enjoying the green John Deere tractors.

Carlton is survived by his wife, Barbara of LeRoy; his three sons, Wayne (Margo) Wells and their son Matthew, Scott (Patti) Wells and their son Travis, and Dean (Tanya) Wells and their sons Aiden, Garret and Carson. Carlton will dearly miss seeing his grandsons grow into fine young men! He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

A Funeral Service for Carlton will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, 605 Highland Ave. in Brownsville with Rev. William Carter officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service on Thursday at church, beginning at 11 a.m. Inurnment at Avoca Cemetery in Oakfield will take place at a later date. Memorials in Carlton's name may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family.

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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013