John Dale Wells was born May 7, 1961, to Alfred (Ike) and Joyce (Shirley) Wells in Santa Ana, CA. He lived in Kimball then White Lake where he grew up and attended schools. In 1979, he graduated from White Lake High School with honors and in 1981 graduated from Mitchell Vocational Technical School with an Agricultural degree.
He farmed at Winfred and Fedora then was employed at the Owens and West Pheasant Farm at White Lake. On November 30, 1985, he married Debra Wolbrink at the First Reformed Church in Mitchell. He moved to Mitchell, where he was employed at UBC building pole barns for ten years, Lakeview Veterinary Clinic for ten years, the Mitchell Farmers Elevator and then the Blue Stem family farm in Mount Vernon. In 1996, he moved to Mount Vernon to farm. He was currently employed with the Davison County Highway Department and for many years he worked at the Mitchell Livestock Auction. He loved his family and had a passion for farming and hunting. He played church league softball, bowled and enjoyed basketball and fishing. He had been a member of the First Reformed Church in Mitchell and attended the United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.
He is survived by his wife, Deb, three children: Adam Wells and fiancé, Amanda of Sioux Falls; Clayton Wells of Tea; Courtney Wells of Mount Vernon; one grandson, Elijah Bradley Wells of Sioux Falls, his father and step-mother, Ike and Eva Lou Wells of White Lake, three brothers: Dave Wells and wife, Karla of Loveland, CO; Doug Wells and friend, Teena of Ranier, WA; Frank Wells and friend, Pam of Mitchell; one sister, Teresa Deumier and husband, Doug of Mitchell, brothers and sisters-in-law: Gary Wolbrink and wife, Connie of Sioux Falls; Steve Wolbrink and wife, Diana of Mitchell; Loretta Winthers of Mitchell, Jim Miller of Harpers Ferry, WV and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Wells, one brother, Mike Wells, a niece, Amy Wells, his father and mother-in-law, Gerrit and Agnes (Nydam) Wolbrink, brother-in-law, Roger Wolbrink, sister-in-law, Arlene Plooster and her husband, Norman, sister-in-law, Pat Miller and uncles: George Wells and John Wells and wife, Dakota.