Obituary: James Edmund Wells
James Edmund Wells
James Edmund Wells died March 14, 2019, in East Wenatchee at the age of 98.
Jim was a hard worker and an astute businessman.
He was born in Potlatch, Idaho, in 1920 to Aaron and Bertha Wells. He was a scrappy kid and left school at 13 to earn money for his family and to buy a car. He also envisioned an airplane in his future. He moved to Walla Walla at age 18 to work for Walla Walla Produce. He made friends with the many farmers in the area, especially the onion farmers. Jim worked in the grocery and produce business in Washington, Oregon, California and Vancouver, B.C. He and his wife Doris bought Grower Sales in 1972. They ran their business in Quincy, Washington, until retirement in 2002. Jim was a member, and later president of United Fruit and Vegetable Association and served on the U.S Potato Commission. Jim and Doris moved to Wenatchee soon after retirement and lived there until Doris passed away in 2015. Jim moved to Bonaventure in East Wenatchee where he resided until his death.
Jim was proud of his military service. He served in Europe during World War II in the 355th infantry under General George Patton. In 1946, he received an honorable discharge and was presented with both a victory and a good conduct medal. He was a member of the Lambert/Schulz VFW Post 183 in Quincy.
He is survived by daughters, Mary Rancourt (Dennis), Anne Wells, Jane Stetner (Roger), Nancy Wells, and Karen Schulz (Keevin). He also has two daughters, Lana Lathrop (Rich), and Jana Mendez, and a son Mike (Molly), from his first marriage. He was preceded in death by his son Pat Wells in 2015.
The family would like to thank Kelsey Clark and the kind staff at Bonaventure Senior Living, the Wenatchee Veterans Association, Wenatchee Hospice and his many friends.
A memorial service will be held at Jones & Jones – Betts Funeral Home in Wenatchee on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m.
Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to any organization assisting our veterans and their families.
Please express your thoughts and memories on our online guestbook at jonesjonesbett.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones – Betts Funeral Home.