Noah Ben Wells, age 91 of Lake Placid, Florida passed away peacefully in his sleep, early Friday morning, October 1, 2021. He was born to Louie and Flora Wells on August 23, 1930 in Seminole, Oklahoma. After returning from Korea, he was united in marriage on June 15, 1953 to Ethel M. Clark in Salem, Oregon. Noah and Ethel made a move to Seattle, Washington where he was stationed with the Army until 1954. Then they relocated to Southern California to raise their family.
From 1950-1953 Noah served in the United States Army as a paratrooper, trained as sharpshooter and was sent to Korea for 18 months. He sailed on the USS General M.C. Meigs, from Seattle to Tokyo. He didn't share a lot of his time spent in Korea, but one fun story he shared was that he and his fellow servicemen used their machine guns to shoot a tree down. That was the type of mischief Noah would find.
Noah was always a hard worker, and between he and Ethel they were constantly working to provide for their family. In the early 70's they started their own business, Amber Precision Sheet Metal. This became a family business where later their daughters and spouses worked with them. In 1982 he retired from the sheet metal shop, drove a truck and worked with Ethel in the real estate business. In 1990 Noah and Ethel moved to Ozark, Missouri with their entire family (all three daughters, their spouses and grandchildren.) They enjoyed living so close to their family, being able to vacation together, holiday meals and get togethers. After 46 years of marriage Ethel preceded Noah in death, Sunday, December 26, 1999. Later in 2002, Noah married Charlotte Durno, of Lake Placid, Florida and relocated to live out his final years.
Noah was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Louie Wade, three sisters Wilma Jean, Ruth Etta and Marjorie Kathleen and great-grandson Grant Posten of Ozark.
He and Ethel were blessed with three daughters that survived Noah, Jackie Stokes of Nixa, Missouri, Jaynne Sadberry and husband Ralph of Ozark, Missouri, Kim Betchwars and husband Rob of Ozark, Missouri. Three brothers Bob, Dayne and Terry Wells. Ten grandchildren Noah Gates and wife Laura of Nixa, Kim Roberts and husband Scott of Ozark, Tiffany Whittington and husband Chad of Ozark, Matt Price of Springfield, Kama Posten and husband Nathan of Ozark, Helen Veit and husband Scott of Ozark, Mindy Price and husband Brad Darby of Nixa, Jonathan Sadberry, Jordan Sadberry and fiancé Gabbie of Ozark and Tyler Betchwars of Ozark. Plus all of his great-grandchildren Lacey Gates, Conner Posten, Noah Gates Jr., Austin Roberts, Brett Posten, Mason Price, Haylie Veit, Wyatt Posten, Lexi Gates, Alivia Roberts, Carter Whittington, Carson Whittington, Boston Veit, Bailey Darby, Hattie Veit, Carly Whittington, Bentley Darby, Dax Sadberry, Charlie Sadberry and Brooks Darby.
When Noah married Charlotte Durno, he was blessed with bonus children, two sons and two daughters, who live in Lake Placid, Florida near their mother. They will sadly miss their bonus dad, along with a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren that made the last 19 years a blessing in so many ways.
Funeral services for Noah will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Roger Sadberry officiating. Burial will follow in Selmore Cemetery, Ozark, Missouri.
Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.
Published by Barnes Family Funeral Home from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2021.