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Gard Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Eaton
Monday February 21st, 2022
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Gard Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Eaton
Monday February 21st, 2022

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Richard E. Wells

Richard E. Wells, age 85, of Eaton, OH, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.  He was born March 23, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Richard and Thelma Wells.  He was a 1954 graduate of Amelia High School and earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Miami University.  He was a World History teacher for 30 years at Eaton High School, where he started the Eaton Golf Team in 1960 and continued to coach golf and softball for many years.  He also taught golf classes and coached the men’s golf team at Miami University Hamilton Campus.  He was a longtime member of the Eaton Country Club.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janice Wells of Eaton; daughters Victoria (Gary) Johnson of Fairfield, OH and daughter Jane (Chester) Smith of Oxford, OH; grandchildren: Ali Johnson of Delhi, OH, Justin (Betsy) Smith of College Corner, OH, Joe Johnson of Cincinnati, OH and Jordan Smith of Covington, KY; great grandchildren Ava Marie, Liam and Hazel; sisters Liz (Bob) Harrod of Cincinnati, OH and Mary Ellis of Cincinnati, OH; brother Doug Wells of Burlington, KY; and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held Monday, February 21, 2022 from 11:00 am until time of funeral service at 12:00 noon at the Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, OH with Pastor Gerald Sadai officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Eaton Athletic Boosters (For the Golf Team), 600 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, OH 45320.  Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gardfuneralhome.com.


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My true sympathy to Janice and family.. Coach Wells was not only a great teacher but a mentor for all of aspiring golfers. He talked about life in the process.of teaching and coaching! He is one of the people in my life that I truly cherish to have had the privilege of knowing. RIP Coach!

Steve Earman May 24 2022 5:59 PM

Coach Wells was an excellent teacher, coach, and friend. I am saddened by his passing, but take extreme solace in knowing he is in a much better place now. Thank you Coach. You will be missed, but will always be appreciated.

Daniel Geoppinger Feb 23 2022 10:40 PM

Mr. Wells was my history teacher and high school golf coach. His ability to make learning both fun and challenging at the same time made him one of my most memorable and influential teachers. There are also so many great memories and learnings from the golf course. Coach, I'm sure you'll be hitting your patented knock down "pitch chip", that all of us were too slow to adopt, from one of the finest courses in heaven. Rest in peace. You'll be missed.

Eric Pinho Feb 22 2022 3:09 PM

Coach Wells, RIP! I was lucky enough to have him as my golf coach at Talawanda and at Miami Hamilton. He cared about every person on that team and loved teaching us about the game and about life. I'll never forget the team van rides and the life lessons he taught! You will be missed!

Rob Blevins Feb 22 2022 2:58 PM

Vicky and Jane,

One reason I chose education as my career was because of the influence your dad had on me as my teacher and golf coach. My successful 35 year career as an educator was due in great part to the example he set. Just like your dad, I started the golf program at the high school where I taught. His teaching style made all of us feel as if we mattered and his expectations of us as members of his golf team made me a better person. While it must be excruciatingly painful to lose him, take solace in the knowledge that he had an amazingly positive impact on the lives of countless individuals over his teaching career. That is not something one can put a price on. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

tim laird Feb 21 2022 11:17 PM

Dear Mary and Liz, your Anderson Hills church family offers love and sympathy at this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Love, Pastor Linda

Linda Troy Feb 20 2022 3:27 PM

Mr. Wells made history come alive. I had never cared for history, but way he taught it was interesting and I still enjoy watching the history channel and reading about it. Thank you, Mr. Wells.

Vicki Murray Oliver Feb 19 2022 2:14 PM

Mr. Wells was a wonderful Man, Teacher. And Coach. He was a wonderful influence on my Son, Deron and many others.(1986 class). Love & prayers for all of his Family.

Donna Sue Donohoo Feb 19 2022 7:27 AM

RIP Coach Wells, you made a permanent impression in my life. I have had a life-long love of the game of golf ⛳ and you helped make it happen. Thank you.

Bob Snively Feb 18 2022 9:17 PM

Mr Wells made my high school years so memorable. He was the kindest softball coach I ever had . He sure put up with a lot of shenanigans from the girls softball team through the years! I am forever greatful for the knowledge he shared with me and the humor. Honored to have known him. Blessings to his family.

Annette Graham Smith Feb 18 2022 8:22 PM

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