Donald Jay Wells

August 10, 1943January 5, 2021

Donald Jay Wells, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully with his niece and nephew by his side, on January 5, 2021. He was born on August 10, 1943 in Evansville the son of Irvin and Geneva (Sharp) Wells. Donald was a 1962 graduate of St. Paul High School. He worked and retired from Cummins in Columbus, Indiana. He was a proud member of the National Guard and was a lifetime member of the NRA and NMLRA. He was a skilled woodworker and machinist. He was also the owner of Wells Manufacturing. Donny will always be remembered as a great friend to all that knew him. He was known to play practical jokes on friends and family and always kept them on their toes and laughing. Survivors include: Twin Brother, Ronald Ray Wells of Greensburg; Nephew, Dennis (Lisa) Wells of Greensburg; Niece, Jennifer (Chad) Ford of Georgetown, Texas; Great Nephew, Lane Wells; Great Nieces, Aubrey Ford, Remington Ford, and Savannah Keifer. He was preceded in death by his Parents and Aunt and Uncle Doloris and Sig Kofoid. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Private burial will be held at the South Park Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to NMLRA Hospice. Online condolences can be made to the family at


  • Irvin Wells, Father (deceased)
  • Geneva (Sharp) Wells, Mother (deceased)
  • Ronald Ray Wells, Brother
  • Dennis (Lisa) Wells, Nephew
  • Jennifer (Chad) Ford, Niece
  • Lane Wells, Great Nephew
  • Aubrey Ford, Great Niece
  • Remington Ford, Great Niece
  • Savannah Keifer, Great Niece
  • Sig Kofoid, Uncle (deceased)
  • Doloris Kofoid, Aunt (deceased)

  • NMLRA Hospice


  • Private Burial


Donald Jay Wells

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Marilyn Smith

January 15, 2021

I met Don when he called my office to look at a house. My daughter and I worked with him to sell the infamous "waterfall property". We both became immediately fond of Don. He was always in a hurry so we never had enough of him. We loved all the little sayings and facial expressions he had. Sadly we never got to have that promised lunch/dinner. Loving memories of a beautiful soul was he. Forever in our hearts. May we meet again someday. Marilyn & Laurin Smith in Greensburg

Mike Jones

January 13, 2021

Denny and Jennifer,

My heartfelt sympathies are extended to you today. Don was always so helpful doing projects with and for me. Never wanted anything for it but friendship.

Charlene Ogden

January 12, 2021

I grew up with Donny and Ronny as friends and at times it seemed I had brothers looking out for me. I don't think they would have known who I was if I said my first name (Charlene) instead of the nickname his family gave me(Snookie). Donny will be missed.

Donna (Jody) Staublin (Wheeldon)

January 11, 2021

We will always cherish the memories of Donnie. He was a one of my Dad's best friends through Cummins and Friendship Muzzleloaders. I will always be thankful for him taking the task of
getting the Muzzleloader's together to give my Dad the salute with guns at his funeral. His family should know he will be greatly missed. RIP in Donnie
The Wheeldon Family, Denny, Vicki, Jody and Tim