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Richard D. Wells

Posted October 07, 2013 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

April 3, 1930 – October 3, 2013

Richard Wells

Richard Wells

Dr. Richard D. Wells M.D. died at home on Thursday October 3, 2013. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2013 at Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Dunn’s Funeral Home on Grand Ave. The burial of the cremated remains next to his wife will be private at Resthaven Mausoleum.

Dr. Wells was the son of Dr. George D. and Emily Wells. He was born April 3, 1930 in Aberdeen, SD, where he graduated from Central High School in 1948. He spent 3 years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, receiving his B.S. degree in 1951. He married Kathleen (Proudfit) in 1954, whom he met at the University of Iowa Hospitals and at church events in Iowa City. He attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine, receiving his M.D. degree in 1955.

Dr. Wells did his internship at Hurley Hospital in Flint, MI starting in 1955. He spent 2 years in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon and then received additional surgical training in Cleveland, OH. In 1962, Richard opened his office in the Medical Arts Building in Waterloo, where he spent the next 25 years practicing medicine. Richard and Kathleen moved to Wesley Acres in 1988. Dr. Wells spent his retirement years doing volunteer work for the Methodist Medical Center and Central Iowa Hospice in Des Moines. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was also a 3rd degree Mason.

Richard is survived by two sons: Jon of West Des Moines and Gregg and daughter-in-law Mary of College Station, TX. His wife Kathleen died in 2001. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the following Wesley Acres, Hospice of Central Iowa, or to a charitable organization of your choice.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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