Dennis V. Wells
Dennis V. Wells, age 55, of rural Cairo, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 as the result of a car accident due to a downed tree. Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, August 13, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Reverend Father Joe Kadaprayil officiated. Burial was in the Hewitt Cemetery, northwest of Lexington. A memorial fund will be established in memory of Dennis. Dennis was born on October 16, 1963, at Lexington, the son of Jim and Sue (Raetz) Wells. He was the oldest of three children. He was raised on a farm outside of Lexington, attended country school, graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1982. He received a mechanized ag degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986. On June 20, 1987, he was united in marriage to Kimberly Vavrina at Abie. They lived on a farm near Lexington for 13 years before moving to rural Cairo in 2005. Dennis was a professional truck driver, hauling cattle and fuel for many years. Dennis was never afraid of hard work and took great pride in his truck driving career. On March 15, 1994, their daughter Rachel was born. On August 30, 1996, their second daughter Emily was born. On July 1, 1998, their son Matthew was born. Dennis enjoyed watching his children’s activities whether it was in a gym watching sports or in the show ring at the county fair. He is a member of the Resurrection Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Some of his enjoyments include attending gun shows, tractor pulls, and raising cattle and pigs. He loved working on projects with his family. His greatest love was time spent with his kids and his wife. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kim, of Cairo; children, Rachel Wells (Gabe Marentes), of Cairo, Emily Wells (Connor Dethlefs), of Cairo, and Matthew Wells, of Cairo; his mother and step-father, Sue and Larry Lawrence, of Payson, Arizona; his mother and father-in-law, Terry and Dorothy Vavrina, of Abie; sisters, Debra (Michael) Bossung, of Mesa, Arizona, and Dionne (Steven) Pugh, of Gilbert, Arizona; stepbrother, Dereik (Jessie) Hardesty, of Kearney; sister-in-law, Lynn (Joe) Hall, of David City; brothers- in-law, Rick (Pam) Vavrina, of Abie, Randy (Sandy) Vavrina, of Abie, and Lee Vavrina (Callie Lovell), of David City; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Jim Wells; stepbrother, David Hardesty; and his grandparents.