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Marvin R. "Pete" Wells

Marvin Ray "Pete" Wells, age 89, of Kadoka, died Sunday morning, April 24, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, April 27, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Pallbearers were Dick Vosberg, Don Wells, Paul Marvin, Tim Merchen, Kyle Amiotte and Ken Wilmarth.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, at Wessington Cemetery in Wessington, SD, with Pastor Alan Sager officiating.

Masonic services by Masonic Lodge #107 of Wessington, and military honors by Watson-Krauder American Legion Post #110 of Wessington, were provided at the cemetery.

Marvin Ray Wells, better known as "Pete" to his family and friends was born February 8, 1916, in Vayland, Hand County, SD, the son of Edward C. and Ella May (Coon) Wells. Pete grew up in the Vayland community and received his education in that area.

As a young man, he served in the U.S. Navy as a signalman during World War II. After his discharge he returned to the Vayland-Wessington area.

Marvin was united in marriage to Theola Trotter on February 22, 1948 at Huron, SD. They made their home on a farm near Wessington. In 1958, he received full membership and baptism of the First Presbyterian Church of Wessington. Later, they moved to Tenino, Washington, where he worked in security at a correctional facility in Olympia, Washington, until his retirement. On July 15, 1976, he received a 10-year certificate from the Department of Social and Health Services. After retirement he worked as a commercial fisherman in the Pacific Ocean.

After his wife, Theo's death, he continued to reside in Tenino until moving to Kadoka, SD. Due to health reasons, he moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home in October 2000.

Pete was a former member of the Elks Lodge, the Eagles, Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion, in Wessington, Huron and Tenino, WA.

Grateful for having shared his life are a special friend, Irene C. King of Kadoka; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Joyce Wells of Tenino, WA; a brother-in-law, Frelan Cox of Tenino, WA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Theola, a child preceded him in death in infancy; his parents; five brothers and three sisters.

A memorial is established. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com