Raymond “Ray” Wells, 89, resident of Oradell, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2017.  Ray was born to Harold and Julia Wells in Kearny, New Jersey on May 28, 1928.  He married his best friend and the love of his life, Betty Louise Martin on September 23, 1950.  Ray and Betty were joyfully married for 66 years.
 
Ray is predeceased by his brother, Harold and his parents.  He will be sadly missed by his wife Betty and his children, Thomas Wells (wife Carol Wells) of Bristol, Vermont, Holly Tillman (husband Tom Tillman) from Montoursville, PA, Peter Wells, (wife Linda Wells) of Park Ridge, NJ, Jeffrey Wells (wife Sherri Wells) of Norfolk, Virginia,  Kerry Couldron of Englewood, NJ and Juliann Aman (husband Robert Aman) of Bettendorf, IA.  Their beloved Papa will be missed by his eighteen grandchildren: Ciera, Rachel, Katie, Connie, Jonathan, Jordyn, Shasi, Jaclyn, Philip, Carlyn, Brittany, Holly, Parker, Peter, Madison, Joshua, Elizabeth and Caleb and fourteen great grandchildren.  
Ray graduated from Lyndhurst High School in 1945 and Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1949.  He practiced architecture for 63 years and founded Wells Associates.  He proudly served in the Korean War as a 2nd LT. in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers 1950-1953 and served in Salsburg, Austria 1952-1953.
 
He was an active member of Old Paramus Church in Ridgewood, NJ and Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, FL.  At OPCR, he was a Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Superintendent, Deacon and Architectural Consultant. 
 
He was a loyal Rotarian for over 52 years with perfect attendance.  His family and others called him “Rotary Ray”.  He lived by the motto “Service Above Self”.  He served in leadership capacity on every level, Club, District and International, culminating his services as the role of International Rotary Director.  He visited over 25 countries and over 30 states in the name of Rotary, almost always with Betty at his side.  Ray founded 4 new Rotary clubs and loved to bring people to Rotary and over the years sponsored more than 175 members.  He loved to mentor other Rotarians – young or old.  Rotary service was truly Ray’s passion.     
 
Ray also was a true servant to his community.  He was a Member of Paramus Board of Education, Oradell Planning Board, Oradell Aesthetics Committee, Building Committee Hackensack Hospital and Paramus Bicycle and Safety Committee, Paramus Code of Ethics, Paramus Cub Scout Program, President, Bergen, Museum of Art and Science, Building Committee Chairman and Member Board of Directors of Bergan County Girl Scouts and Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee the Hermitage Hohokus.  He was a touch football and junior basketball coach for the Paramus Recreation program.  He was a trustee of the George Washington Cemetery Association, Member and President of Paramus Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Emeritus, Bergen County Blood Center, Board of Directors Fritz Behnke Museum, Trustee, Vice President of Paramus Boys Club, President, Paramus Jaycees, Trustee of New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, Bergen County Grand Jury Association, New Jersey Educational Association, President’s Advisory Board Bergen Community College, Trustee March of Dimes, Trustee United Way of Bergen County.       
 
He will be remembered for his devoted love for his wife, his pride in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his steadfast faith, integrity and humility.
 
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, August 30th at Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 S. Fairview Ave. in Paramus, NJ from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.  The service will be held Thursday, August 31st 11:00 AM at Paramus Reformed Church, 660 E. Glen Ave, Ridgewood, NJ.  Repass will be at 12:00 PM at the fellowship hall.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Rotary International Foundation or Raymond Wells Scholarship, care of the Paramus Rotary Club.  P.O. Box 1003 Paramus, NJ 07653-1003. 
 
Condolences may be sent to raywellscondolences@gmail.com.