LISBON — Memorial services for Michael F. Wells, 53, of 11712 State Highway 37, Lisbon, NY will be Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 10 a.m. St. Mary's Church in Ogdensburg. Friends may be received on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home 28 Clinton St. Waddington. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Mike passed away on November 8, 2009.
Mike is survived by his loving soul mate and wife, Ronda; a son, Michael of Lisbon, NY, and a daughter Tiffany Fieseler of Irving, Texas; brothers, Robert of Ogdensburg, and David of Ogdensburg; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Fieseler of Irving Texas; several aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Judy Ramie in 1984.
He was the son of the late Michael L. and Aleen Wells of Ogdensburg. A 1974 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was assigned to a "Cold War" unit commanded by the Central Intelligence Agency at Langley, Virginia. After his Air Force enlistment, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a Combat Engineer, and holds 3 separate Honorable Discharges with the armed forces.
After his military service, Mike attended and graduated from Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg with an A.A.S Degree in Criminal Justice. He then moved to Dallas, Texas, where he enjoyed a long career with the Dallas Police Department. Mike reached the ranks of Detective and Sergeant, and became a highly decorated Officer with over 60 commendations including several for Bravery and Lifesaving. Mike retired from the Police Department and returned to the North Country in 1997.
Mike was an avid boat racer, competing internationally in the 1.5 liter and 5 liter inboard classes. He was a pilot with experience flying several types of aircraft including military aircraft and multi engine jets. He also enjoyed woodworking, his family and their Pomeranians, "Princess and Lexi".
Mike purchased Vinn's Tavern in Ogdensburg, and sold the business in 2008.
Mike was a member of several Fraternal and Veteran organizations and was an Honor Member of the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and an Exempt member of the Morristown Volunteer Fire Company.
Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.