Walter R. Wells

April 2, 1932 - January 1, 2018

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Obituaries » Walter R. Wells

Walter Rudolph Wells, Jr, age 85, of Berlin, VT, passed away January 1, 2018 at his home surrounded by his children and loving spouse of 65 years, Mary. Walter was born April 2, 1932, the son of Walter Rudolph Wells, Sr., and Dorothy Mae (Frost) Wells at Berlin, VT.. He was the eldest of 8 children, 6 brothers: Francis, Raymond, William, Edward, Richard, George, and one sister: Barbara. He attended schools in Berlin, and high school at both Montpelier High, Montpelier, VT and Spaulding in Barre, Vt. August 29, 1952, Walter married his sweetheart, Mary (Sherman) Wells. As the young couple had recently rented their first apartment, Mary had received notice of Walter’s draft the morning of the wedding. They were well into their honeymoon at Niagara Falls before she shared the news with him. He served our country proudly in Korea from 1952-1954 as a platoon Sergeant, and earned the rank of Sgt 1st Class. Their marriage was blessed with 5 children: Cindy Wells, Vickie Settle, Terry Bessette, Todd Wells, and Melissa (Bydie) Cloutier. Walter spent his career in the Granite Industry where he worked 38 years in many different positions at S. L Garand’s in Montpelier before retiring in 1993. It was not unusual for him to bring polished granite samples home to share with the family and explain the different characteristics of each one. If it wasn’t Barre granite it was never quite high quality in his book. He also enjoyed working in the building trade with B & H Builders. The expertise he took away from that employment he applied in building the family camp on Nelson Pond in 1966, and in 1974 the family home complete with a sugar house for his Mary. Many March days have found Walter, Mary, and the family collecting and boiling sap and finishing off the season with a sugar on snow party. Family always came first. Walter was the true patriarch of the family and loved when the house was filled with children and grandchildren. He especially loved holding the little ones and was fascinated by them. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family. He replaced many VW engines and kept all of the kid’s cars on the road as long as he could convince one of them to hold the flashlight. Walter was passionate about everything he pursued. He loved cars. He loved working on them, collecting them and racing them. In his younger years he spent hours with friends building stock cars and racing at “Thunder Road.” He raced car # 67 and later 5-W. It was there that Ken Squire gave him the nickname of, “Wally,” that has followed him since. He was an avid water skier and even mastered bare foot skiing. At that point his nickname became, “Wet Foot Wally” and he proudly wore it on his t-shirt. He turned to hunting in the fall and spent many hours honing his skill with bow and rifle for deer hunting and his shot gun for turkey season. The winter months he spent trail riding with family and friends on snow machines. Walter was a member of the Berlin Congregational Church, the Berlin Historical Society, Berlin Cemetery Association, Central Vermont Kustom Klassics, Northfield Snow Marauders, American Legion, and The Nelson Pond Association. Walter is survived by spouse Mary, children: Cindy Wells of St. Johnsbury, VT, Vickie Settle and spouse Rich of McPherson, KS, Terry Bessette of Barre Town, VT, Todd Wells and spouse Serena,of Barre, VT, and Melissa (Bydie) Cloutier of St. Johnsbury, VT, and siblings: Richard Wells Danville ,N.H., George Wells ,Silverton, Oregon, and Barbara Chapin ,Silverton, Oregon. 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, as well as his beloved rescue dog, Walter III. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Frances, brothers: Raymond, William, and Edward. Visitation will be held Friday, January 5 at Guare and Son’s Funeral Home, 30 School St. Montpelier, VT from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 6 at the Berlin Congregational Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the First Congregational Church of Berlin, 1808 Scott Hill Rd, Berlin, VT 05602 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at

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