Robert Wells


Robert Eugene “Bob” Wells, 88, formerly of Agency and Ottumwa, died peacefully after a brief illness on July 13, 2020 in his home in Des Moines, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born February 27, 1932 in Batavia, IA to Otho and Louise Gieg Wells and graduated from Agency High School in 1950.

A Korean War-era veteran, he was a parachutist in the 101 st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Bob married Marilyn L.
Hart of Eldon on May 24, 1952 in Fairfield.

He operated a Phillips 66 station in Agency and then worked as a machinist for Lund International in Ottumwa. Bob’s interests included his family, gardening, model railroading, home repair and tinkering with cars and old-time stationary engines. He enjoyed finding antique bargains at garage sales and thrift shops. Bob was quick to make a friend with most
anyone he met.

Bob is survived by his dear wife of 68 years, Marilyn; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Bobbi (Mark) Bowden of Johnston, Diana (Dan) Whitmore of Norwalk, Lisa (Roger) Archer of Ottumwa and Julie Wells of Des Moines; six
grandchildren, and their spouses, Nathan (Sue) Bowden, Cmdr. Robert (Sarah) Whitmore, Andrew (Arum) Whitmore, Merylin
(George) Elossias, Elisabeth Archer and Christian (Gabby) Archer; 11 great-grandchildren, Lillian and Frances Bowden, Robert “Jack”, Sawyer, Beau and Ruffin Whitmore, Dana, Sylvia and Ara Whitmore, and Olivia and Alice Elossias.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Meganne Elisabeth Whitmore and a great-grandson, Otis Anthony Bowden.

A gentle, quiet, loving, caring and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Bob left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and he will be dearly missed.

Private funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16th at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. For those wanting to view the service, you may watch on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. Limited open visitation will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorials may be made to Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.

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