2008-03-22 / Obituaries

Francis Kinsell "Kink" Wells

Francis Kinsell "Kink" Wells

Kink was born May 19, 1920 in Sparta, Ohio. Kink passed away at FairfieldMedical Center surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Kink and his first wife, Lucille, were owners and operators of Wells Market in Baltimore for over 33 years. He also worked as a bank teller for FairfieldNational Bank for four years prior to his retirement in 1980. He was a 1938 graduate of Liberty Union High School and was a 60 year Mason. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Baltimore and was excited about the opening of the new Family Center.

To his family and those closest to him, he leaves his love of life, laughter, and sense of humor. His greatest joys were his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his dear friends, especially the "coffee club" at the Kozy Korner! He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Kink is survived by his wife of 20 years, Edna Mae Wells, one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Charles Bates of Lancaster, granddaughters Abby (Chris) Deibel of Lancaster, Erin (Sean) Bennett of Canal Winchester, three great grandchildren, Ellyn and Carsten Deibel and Samantha Bennett. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Nancy Waid of Lancaster, step-grandchildren, Chris (Shannon) Waid of Lancaster, Colleen Nihiser (Devon Ratchford) of Thornville, Cameron Waid of Hocking Hills, and step-great grandchildren Alexis, Ian, Parker Waid, and Ryan Ratchford.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, of 43 years, Kathryn Lucille Wells, parents Estella Elizabeth Vay Campbell Wells and Homer Lavoin Wells, three sisters and four brothers.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the caring staff of FairfieldMedical Center; all the aids, nurses, doctors, and palliative staff for their caring and compassion throughout his stay.

A celebration of life service was held March 15, 2008, in the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Baltimore, with Rev. Michael Donnally officiating. Burial to follow in Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster. Donations may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Main St., Baltimore, Ohio 43105, Liberty Union-Thurston Elementary School Academic Boosters, 1000 S. Main St., Baltimore, Ohio 43105 or FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, Ohio 43130 in his memory.

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