Robert "Bob" Wells, 92, of Richlands, formerly of Merrimac, Mass., died April 3, 2014, at home.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 and was stationed at Quonset Point in Rhode Island when the country joined World War II.
He was deployed to the West Coast and from there went to Guadalcanal with the I MAR DIV. His unit was the first wave on shore. They were dropped off without any supplies so they had to raid the Japanese supplies.
Bob was a cook, and he cooked and ate so much rice and fish during that time that he refused to eat any in later years.
After retiring as staff sergeant in 1960 from Camp Lejeune, he worked in the food services in several Southern states. He was a dietician in several hospitals and nursing homes.
He then worked for Piggly Wiggly in Jacksonville for 13 years before moving to Merrimac Mass. It was there he met his wife, Rita. In 2007, they moved to Richlands where he was an active member of Richlands United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife Rita; daughters, Karen Hummel (Larry) of Penn., Christy Dunn of Richlands, and Linda Rienelt (William) of N.H.; sons, James Wells (Kim) of Jacksonville, Steve Wells (Tanya) of Richlands, Michael Twist of R.I. and Mark Twist (Pam) of Maine; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Thelma Jean, and a son, Robert Wells II.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Richlands United Methodist Church. The family will receive guests after the ceremony in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Public Safety Memorial via the Onslow County Administration at 910-347-4717.