In Memory of Dale Wells

A Celebration of Dale's life will take place at a later date.

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Dale Vernon Wells, age 75 of Ellsworth, WI, passed away Dec ember 13, 2020 at the University of Minnesota – Fairview Hospital after a serious fall.  Dale was born April 17, 1945 in Red Wing, MN to Lemuel and Evelyn (Davin) Wells.  He graduated from Spring Valley High School, with the Class of 1963. Dale furthered his education at Indianhead Technical College.  On March 20, 1971, Dale was united in marriage to Ann Katherine Staab in Dawson, MN.  Their lives were blessed with two children, Heather and Andrew.  Dale had a variety of occupations throughout his life.  He worked in drafting, as a chef, and also did computer repair.

Outside of his work, Dale enjoyed the peacefulness of being on the water fishing and sailing.  He also appreciated his time outside gardening and woodworking in his shop.  Dale was a wonderful chef who delighted in cooking for his family, always creating special recipes, with some of his favorites being Mexican entrees.  He was a member of the Blockheads “Laurel and Hardy Fan Club” and the Goodhue County Horticultural Society.  Dale was well loved and will be remembered for his humor, his caring heart, and his devotion to his family and friends.

Dale will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 49 years, Ann; his daughter, Heather (Gordon) Leckie of Poynette, WI; son, Andrew Wells of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Ben and Samantha Leckie; brothers, Charles (Joan) Wells of Colorado Springs, CO and Greg (Sherry) Wells of Spring Valley, WI; sister, Susan Stewart of Austin, MN; and brother-at-heart, Tom Stewart. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel and Evelyn Wells; 6 nephews; 1 niece; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rita and Andrew Staab.

With the ongoing pandemic, a celebration of Dale’s life will take place at a later date.

Condolences may be directed Dale’s family, or sent to:  The Family of Dale Wells, O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.

O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home (715) 273-4421 www.oconnellbenedict.com

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  • Dale had such a tremendous sense of humor — often self-deprecating. We all knew he was much smarter than he wanted us to think he was. He had a big, tender heart and a hearty laugh as well. His diverse interests and talents benefited everyone lucky enough to know him. I remember seeing him at a class reunion after a good many years and thinking, “Gee, was Dale always that tall?” Judy, your mention of dancing with Dale reminds me that I always had to look up at him!

  • Ann, My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It was great seeing you today and am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed the times I got to see you and Dale. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Carol

  • Ann, so sorry to hear of Dales passing. My favorite memory was dancing with Dale at school dances. He was a great dancer and a great person to have a freindship with. He will be missed. My love and blessings to you and you family. Judy

  • Dale was always so generous with jokes and sense of humor. I remember him for many things. Seeing him and Sara at a Norske’s Nook and having a mini reunion.. Dale was the chef at one of our most delicious reunions. He was a gentle soul who had a wonderful wife. He will be missed. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dawn & Lyle Hunter

    Nook and having an unexpected reunion.