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Waide W. Wells

August 23, 1923 — December 17, 2011

Waide Warren Wells, 88, of Elgin died December 17, 2011 at Vista Specialty Care. A service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday December 27, 2011 at the Nazarene Church in Elgin. A graveside service will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Waide was born August 23, 1923, in Elgin, Oregon to Lionel and Clara (Brummond) Wells. Waide grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School. He moved to Seattle after school and worked for Boeing until he joined the military. He served in the United States Army as a fuel tank truck driver from 1943 to 1945. Waide married Genevie Long in 1947 and they moved to Kamela where he worked for the railroad on the maintenance crew. In 1951 they moved to La Grande and he worked for Lynch Motors in the parts department. Then he was given the opportunity to run the Meacham Store which had gas pumps and a wrecker service at that time.

In 1957 they moved to and Waide worked for the Pendleton flour mill for 6 years. Finally in 1962 they moved back to Elgin to help on the Long Family Farm and Waide worked for Boise Cascade in Elgin from 1966 until his retirement.

Waide enjoyed being with his family. His favorite activities were cutting firewood, hunting, fishing, working and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Genevie of Elgin; sister, Edna Flanery of La Grande; daughter, Janice and her husband Dick Becker of Boise; son, Mark and his wife, Angi Wells of La Grande; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brother, Manuel (Swede) Erickson and Milton Erickson and his sister, Martha Cross.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 7th Street, La Grande.


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