Loyal Babcock Wells

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church (corner of Highland and Green Bay Road) in Mequon for Loyal Babcock Wells of Mequon. Loyal passed away on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 at 89 years of age, surrounded by his loving children. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Loyal was born Feb. 11, 1916 in Dodge Center, Minn. On May 21, 1941 he married Ruth Meyers, who preceded him in death after 49 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife Eve Oliver Wells of Palm Harbor, Fla.; his children Marilyn (William) Sprague of Devon Pa., Jean (Gregory "Sandy") Custer of Mequon, Susan (Daniel) Minahan of Mequon, Robert (Cecelia) Wells of Mequon and John Wells of Mequon; grandchildren W. Douglas (Jill) Sprague, Anne (Christopher) Hart, Robert Sprague, Susan (Bernard) Kuhn, Lynn (Anthony) Jewett, Elizabeth Custer, Peter Custer, D. John Minahan, Katherine (John) McGregor, Anne Minahan, Douglas Minahan, Andrea Wells, John Wells, Robert Wells and Daniel Wells; and great-grandchildren Matthew and Will Sprague and Madeline and John McGregor. His grandson Stephen Wells preceded him in death.

He is also survived by his beloved twin sister, Lucille (Louis) Sunby of Milton. His sister Roberta (Richard) Wells preceded him in death.

A 1937 graduate of the UW-Madison, he remained a devoted Badger fan for the rest of his life.

Involved in the fur industry in the days when Wisconsin and Ozaukee County played an important national role in that industry, he was treasurer of Federal Foods in Mequon, for some years before co-founding Ross-Wells in Mequon, with his lifelong friend and business partner, W.J. (Bill) Ross. In 1992, he formed a citrus production company near Haines City, Fla., specializing in growing pomelos.

Before moving to Mequon in 1992, he was a 50-year resident of Cedarburg, where he was involved in many civic activities.

He was a director of Colonial State Bank (presently M&I) and a member of the board of trustees of the former Milton College.

His major volunteer interest was the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club where he was a member for over 47 years. He served as president and was a recipient of the club’s honorary Paul Harris award. He was instrumental in founding Rotary Park in Mequon and donated the Pukaite Woods with the Loyal Wells Nature Walk at that site.

In addition to his devotion to family and community, he loved trees, having planted over 1,000 trees each year for the last 30 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Park Foundation, P.O. Box 104, Thiensville, WI 53092.

The Wells family would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the caring staff of the ER and the ICU at Columbia St. Mary’s, Ozaukee, to Dr. David Kress and Dr. Bruce Rowe.

Thank you to family friends for their presence, help and constant support.

He will be dearly missed.