John L. Wells, age 68, of Elgin, IL, passed away on April 19, 2022. He was born August 8, 1953 in Watertown, NY to his loving parents, John and Anna Myrtle (née Mack) Wells.

John graduated in 1972 from Carthage High School in Carthage, NY. Following high school, John served his country for ten years in the United States Navy, from 1972 to 1982, before being honorably discharged.

John’s dedication to his country continued with his participation in Take a Vet Fishing, an organization which serves to honor and support United States military personnel through weekend fishing expeditions throughout the year.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Wells (née Burke), whom he cherished; children, Connie (Michael) Hess and John Wells II; sister, Penny (Joseph Shepard) King; and cousins, Ruthann Dewert, Bill Mack, Kevin Mack, and Kathy Verne. John is further survived by his brothers-in-law, Stephen (Shelly) Burke, Peter (Ken Bronson) Burke, and Robert Burke; sister-in-law, Gerilyn (Robert) Gargaro; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Burke, Kathryn (Justin) Burrell, Vincent (Jennifer) Gargaro, Robert (Kathryn) Gargaro, Angela (Adam) Lablanc, Ann Burke, Patrick Burke, Raye Williams, Kathy Reed, and Keith (Veronica) King; great-nieces, Gemma and Bria Gargaro; great-nephew, Lorenzo Gargaro; and many grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10:00am until funeral service with full military honors at 12:00pm, Monday, April 25, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.  Pastor Mark Wood will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 864 7985 6156, Password: 062517).

Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

5 Replies to “John Larry Wells”

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you Maureen! May God strengthen you and give you comfort in the midst of this trial.

  2. Maureen and family. We are praying that all of you receive peace and comfort from our Lord Jesus Christ during this time. That the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, pastor Mark, your church family and your friends will tend to all your needs. With our love, Jim and Joan

  3. Johnnie, sorry to hear of your passing. You will be sorrowful missed. I can remember the times of how proud you were of your garden. You finally found happiness with Maureen. Love you cuz.

  4. I’m gonna miss u so much u we’re my favorite uncle I still can’t believe yr gone. Fly high and give grandma and grandpa and Anna Marie king a big hug for me until we c u again I loved u so so much love always yr niece Kathy

  5. Cousin John u will be sadly missed and never forgotten please rest in peace

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