Wesley WELLS
1938 - 2020
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WELLS, Wesley J. Age 81 of Dayton, OH passed away March 6, 2020. He was born August 7, 1938 in Hazard, Kentucky to the late John Wesley and Betty Wells. In addition to his parents, Wes was preceded in death by his son Christopher Mabry Wells, brothers and sisters-in-law, Amol & Katherine Wells and Martin Lee & Edna Matlock Wells; and sister and brother-in-law: Mildred and Raymond Teague. Wes is survived by his wife of 40 years, Wendy "Nita" Wells; children: B.W. Punyko (Michael), Leslie Gregg (Glenn), John Wells (Melissa), Michelle Isabell (Rob), and Jessica Pritchard (Terry); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Wes was employed at Chrysler Corporation, where he began his lifelong career in the Labor Movement. He was a longtime leader and president of Chrysler International Union of Electric Workers from 1968-1998. Wes was the leader of the Dayton-Miami Valley AFL-CIO in 1977 and was named Executive Director Emeritus. He served on the State Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board; was a Manager of the Lakewood's AFL-CIO Retirement Complex; served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Dayton United Way; was on the Executive Committee of the Dayton Red Cross; and received numerous awards and recognition for his countless efforts to protect the rights of working people. Upon his retirement, the Dayton AFL-CIO Labor Council Executive Board named the Food Pantry the "Wesley Wells AFL-CIO Labor Food Pantry" in his honor for his tireless commitment to working families. Wes was also a member of the Edenton #332 Masonic Lodge. Visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton, where the funeral service will begin at 6:00 pm. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Urban Winkler Funeral Home, 513 W. 8th Street, Connersville, Indiana, where the funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Dales Cemetery, Connersville. In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to the Labor Food Pantry that Wes cared so much about. Checks should be made out to the Dayton AFL-CIO Labor Food Pantry, Dayton Miami Valley Regional Labor Council, 6550 Poe Ave., Dayton, OH 45414, ATTN: Labor Food Pantry. To share a memory of Wes or leave a special message for his family, please visit www.NewcomerDayton.com

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Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 10, 2020.
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April 17, 2020
I was Wes' Administrative Assistant for 23 years. He was a demanding boss; because he knew exactly how he wanted a letter to read or a speech to be phrased or a room to be set up for negotiations. He loved and enjoyed being a labor leader and considered representing the men and women of the Miami Valley a duty and an honor. He was a master negotiator and enjoyed the wrangle with Chrysler or the City of Dayton or other management when it was time to sit down and get serious. He knew how he wanted to represent himself for the men and women of the Miami Valley. His dedication to his people and their Cause for workplace fairness and equity were never in question...he represented his people.
May he rest in peace...he earned it.
Patricia 'Patt' Duffy
March 14, 2020
He was always bigger than life. It's hard to imagine that he is gone. Good man great union guy. He will be missed. I'm so sorry for all of his families loss the world loss a great man
Vicky keeney
March 10, 2020
Wes was a great labor leader. And I am proud to have known him and server with him. He was and always be missed by his union brothers and sisters.
My deepest felt sympathy to his family and friends
Edward L Hogg
Edward Hogg
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