Roy W. Wells was born on August 29, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Roy A. and Margaret Wells, when his father was still serving his country. After World War I, his father's profession as a meteorologist took the family to live in several states and the West coast.
As a child Roy lived at the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse station in Washington state. Then to Redding, Calif., where he graduated from Shasta Union High School. He entered the service in 1941. He was stationed in Newfoundland during World War II as an aircraft mechanic, servicing planes for search and rescue, and was honorably discharged with rank of Staff Sergeant.
Fishing and hiking were always his greatest enjoyment. During his high school years he would have his parents drive him to the Trinity Alps area in Shasta County, Calif., where he would spend his time hiking, camping and stream fishing. Roy also catching salmon in the Sacramento River in Redding.
In late 1946, Roy was introduced to Jackie Canepa by a mutual friend, and their friendship evolved into a marriage on June 7, 1947, in San Francisco, Calif. They moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where they raised three daughters and a son. During this time, his occupation as a carpenter foreman in heavy construction gave him a great sense of pride and accomplishment in walking the high beams on such large projects as bridges, schools and underground utility tunnels.
Roy loved sharing his fishing and camping experiences with his family in many different RVs they owned over time, touring the wonderful national and state parks in America. In later years, they would forgo the RV and venture to Hawaii, Canada and other points of interest in the states.
During his retirement years, when not fishing on Lost Creek Lake in his boat, his fondest pleasure was making marble board games to give to children everywhere.
Roy passed away on September 15, 2011, in his home in Medford, Ore. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jackie; daughters, Sandra Holstein, Diana Weisbach, and Vickie Byrum; son, Craig Wells; grandchildren, Rich Holstein, Lisa Williams, Paul and Jonathan Weisbach, Josh Byrum and Chase Zirbel; and great-grandchildren, Hunter and Erik Holstein and Austin and Hunter Byrum.
Services will be on Friday, September 23, 2011, as follows: Deacon Jim McVeigh will lead the Rosary at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, Ore., followed by Father Sean Weeks at 11:00 a.m., who will give the memorial service. Internment with special military honors will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Providence Hospice or Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.