Washington — Owen Wellman passed away Jan. 15, 2014, peacefully at home after a long illness.
Owen was born Oct. 14, 1920, at home to Catherine Fitzpatrick and Alton Wellman in Washington.
Owen enlisted in the Army at a young age to help fight for his country and was assigned to the 83rd Engineering Division during World War II. He was known to have fought in Normandy at the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home, he married his life-long love, Arlene Louise Noyes. They were married for 62 years until her passing in July 2013.
Owen worked various jobs until he opened his own business at the age of 65, known today as the Washington Redemption Center. IT was one of the first licensed redemption centers in the state of Maine. He retired at the age of 76 and the business is still owned and operated by his son, Ronald Wellman and his wife Jeanne.
Owen was known to be a very hard worker and had a great love for family and friends. He had the kindest heart and would help anyone in need and was a very humble man.
Owen and his wife often went on vacation once a year to his military reunions, which took him all over the country.
Owen loved to garden and set every Saturday night aside for dinner and dancing with family and friends. Owen had an infectious smile and was quick-witted in conversation and loved to make people laugh. He will be sadly missed by his family and circle of friends.
Owen is predeceased by his parents, his wife Arlene, three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his daughter Rhonda Shantz of Tallahassee, Fla.; his son Ronald Wellman and his wife Jeanne of Washington; four grandchildren, Christopher Carroll of Florida, Heather Carroll of Midcoast Maine, Aaron Wellman and his fiance Kristi Perkins of Wiscasset, Ashley Wellman and her fiance Earl Nash of Rockport; six great-grandchildren: Dylan, Gavin, Dominic, Kiana, Raelynn and Ellahna.
Owen will be cremated per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Miles St. Andrews Hospice. A special thank you to the hospice specialist team that took care of Owen throughout his sickness. Honorable mentions to Millie Jone Farnham, Maggie Real and Jeff Murch, who gave exceptional care in his last days.
Services will be held at the new VA Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. A small celebration of life will be held in the spring and notification will be in The Courier-Gazette. Condolences can be sent to the family via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 354 Augusta Road, Washington, ME 04574.