The Honorable Richard Dean Wells died surrounded by his loving family on January 28, 2018 at the age of 76.
Dick is survived by his wife Nancy; son Brandy and wife Susan of Ada, Michigan, daughter Mindi of Okemos, Michigan and son Corey and wife Jody of Howell, Michigan; and 7 beautiful grandchildren.
Dick was born on May 31, 1941 in Three Rivers, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Pre-Law in 1963. He married Nancy Kay Baker of Three Rivers on August 31, 1963 and then completed a Doctorate of Law from Wayne State University in 1966. He joined the Prosecuting Attorney’s office of Kent County in the same year. In 1968 the two moved to St Johns, Michigan where he began his private law practice. Over the next 25 years, they welcomed 3 beautiful children. In 1993 he was appointed to the Clinton County District Judge position by Governor John Engler, where he presided until his retirement in 2014.
Dick was a member of the State of Michigan Bar Association for 50 years. He held positions on the boards at the Rotary Club of St. Johns, Clinton Bank and Trust, Clinton Memorial Hospital, St. Johns Lutheran Church and The Clinton County Bar Association. He will forever be remembered for his generous spirit, his firm and unyielding sense of fairness, his high moral character and his utmost loyalty to family and friends. Dick, Rich, Papa, Dad, Friend - he will be forever in our hearts.
A funeral is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd at 11:00am at the Keck-Coleman Funeral Home in St. Johns. Visitation hours will be Wednesday, January 31st from 4:00pm - 7:00pm and Thursday, February 1st from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dick’s life. Condolences and donations can be made to keckcolemanfh.com, or St. Luke's Lutheran Church Haslet - http://knowingjesus.org/
Rotary Club of St Johns - http://www.rotaryclubofsj.org/