Martin L. Wells - December 29, 2011

Marlin L. Wells, 85, of Central City died at the St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, where he was recovering from an accident with an antique tractor.
Services will be held at the First Christian Church in Central City, Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. with Pastors Curtis Cooper and Dean Entrekin officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Solt Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Central City Cemetery.
Marlin was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Palmer to Lester and Della Mae (Dunn)Wells and the family lived in the Sandhills near St. Paul. Around 1930, the family moved to the farm near Denman and, in 1944, they moved to their farm near Chapman. Marlin attended school in Denman and Chapman. He received his GED after the war from Chapman School. He joined the United States Army in 1945, serving in the Military Police and the postal service. He was honorably discharged in 1947. After his military service, Marlin spent many years working for Knight Brothers Construction out of Chapman.
Marlin was united in marriage to Lena Loats on September 11, 1955 in Lennox, S.D. They met while Lena was nursing at the VA Hospital in Grand Island and Marlin was a patient there. After their sons were born in Grand Island, they moved for a short time to Denver, Colo., where he welded for Winter Wiese Company. In 1960, Knight Brothers called him back to work as a superintendent for them. The family lived in several Nebraska communities while working for Knight Brothers Construction; including Valentine, Ainsworth, and O’Neill while working on the Merritt Dam and Ainsworth Irrigation projects and in North Platte while working on the new interstate highway system. In 1967, the family moved to Central City, and soon after Marlin began running gravel operations for York County at the Merrick County pits. He retired from running the gravel pumping pit for York County by purchasing the pumping operation. He pumped gravel on his own for many years. Marlin became quite a nurse to his wife, Lena, before she passed away in 2004.
Marlin was an active member of the First Christian Church, and was serving as chairman of the board, a position he had held for more than 30 years. Marlin spent many years showing mules at the stock show in Denver and the Nebraska State Fair and he spent time restoring tractors and competing in tractor pulling events with several of his antique tractors. Auction sales of any sort were a passion of his as well as traveling to attend them.
Marlin was a member of the Flying Farmers and Civil Air Patrol; and he participated in the Freedom Flight to Washington D.C. in 2008. He was currently a member of the Merrick County Fair Board, serving for 38 years. In 2011, he put on his 35th Demolition Derby for the Merrick County Fair. Marlin was a member of the Lone Tree Tractor Club, the Platte Valley Wranglers and the Lone Tree Rodeo Association. Marlin was an active member of the Central City Sportsmans Club, the American Legion and the Masons of Chapman.
Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Brad (Peggy) and Brent (Miriam), all of Central City; five grandchildren, Troy and Kara Wells of Central City, Dusty and Levi Ericksen of Hordville, Aaron and Kara Wells of Central City, Adam Wells of Northglenn, Colo. and Tristan Wells of Central City; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Fallon, Ruger, and Remi; one brother, Sam and wife Dorothy of Arvada, Colo.; several in-laws and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lena; his father, Lester in 1965; his mother, Della Mae in 1994 and stepfather, Arnold Frank.

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