Walter Scott Wells

1923-2013

Walter Scott Wells; born at Atoka Oklahoma, March 9th, 1923 passed from this life at Oklahoma City, January 10th, 2013.

Scott Wells or “Scotty” as he was known to his friends will be remembered as an educational leader, soldier and civic minded community leader. Born during the Great depression, he enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 years old, he became a highly decorated combat veteran of both WWII and Korea. He enlisted at the rank of private in 1940 and retired in 1983 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career he saw much of the world, and served with several of the most distinguished leaders of the military. He was always humbled and honored to be a member of the 45th infantry Division and was active in creating the 45th Infantry Division Museum. He enjoyed taking part in activities that celebrated the division’s impressive accomplishments. A graduate of Southeastern State University and the University of Oklahoma, he enjoyed a long career as a teacher and administrator in Atoka and Edmond, Oklahoma. His leadership, ability to relate to people and love of children has powerfully impacted the lives of many and will resonate through generations. He served on the Oklahoma State Textbook Commission and is a member of the Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame.

While a resident of Edmond, Scott was one of three committee members that organized the Edmond 4th of July parade. Since 1967, he was a member and Deacon of the Edmond First Baptist Church.

Family members who cherish his memory are his wife Katie, his daughter Susan (Scott) Furrow and son Josh (Denise) Boyles. His son, John Wells (Amanda) and daughters Audrey and Olivia’s lives were greatly enhanced by his love and mentorship. Half-sister Betty McNutt and children Julianne and Ralph Dandridge.

His generosity, his humility and his leadership have made our community, our state and our nation a better place. In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts in his honor are requested to Boys Ranch Town, 5100 East 33rd Street, Edmond, Oklahoma, 73013. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Edmond, OK, with interment at Green Meadows Cemetery, Atoka, OK.

Services are under the Direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Edmond, OK.

Comments

  1. Rest in peace Mr. Wells. You were the greatest principal I ever had going through the school system and I think most would agree. You were a true hero for your country and for the many children that looked up to you. Godspeed sir.

  2. Some of my fondest memories from grade school have you centered in them. You were a principal and friend to both me and my older brother Lonnie and never forgot us over the years. Thank you for your service to our country and for you love and devotion to us kids. You truly made a difference in our lives.

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