John Victor Wellems

John Victor Wellems, age 87, of Miles City passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2017 at Spirit Mountain Hospice Care in Cody, WY. John was well known to the Miles City area. He had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed reminiscing about the past.  He touched many hearts in his lifetime.  John “grandpa” will be greatly missed by his friends, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was born November 10, 1929 in Miles City, MT to Peter “Nick” and Adelaide (Barthelmess) Wellems. John attended Sacred Heart Grade & High School and graduated in 1949. In 1977, John married Luana King in Miles City at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

• Immediately after high school he worked on various ranches in the surrounding area. Cowboying was his passion. He broke many young horses in his day. 

• In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Alaska. After being honorably discharged in 1953 he returned to Miles City. 

• He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 37 years until his retirement in 1992.  

• After his retirement, he went to work driving for Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home. During his time there he averaged 4 to 5 thousand miles a month. John will be remembered at the funeral home for always being a dependable driver; no matter day or night or what the weather was doing he never failed to answer his phone when the call came.

• He also spent many hours driving Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home Clydesdales for funerals, parades and weddings. 

John is survived by his wife Luana “Lou” Wellems of Cody, WY; two step-daughters, Vicki (Ugo) Carrafa of Cody, WY and Penny (Les) James of Bridger, MT; one brother, Tom (Roberta) Wellems of Albuquerque, NM, seven step-grandchildren, seven great-step-grandchildren and various nephews and one niece. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Adelaide Wellems, two brothers, Ed and Robert “Bud” Wellems, his Aunt Anna and Betty,  Uncle Fred and nephew Bobbie. 

John was a lifelong member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and could be seen at the 6 p.m. service in the same pew on Saturdays every week. 

In celebration of John’s life, visitation hours will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 with family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Church in Miles City at 1 p.m. Interment with full military honors will take place at the Custer County Cemetery.  

Condolences can be made to the family by visiting In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peace and Education Collation, C/O Father Bruce Wellems, 4610 S. Wood St., Chicago, IL. 60609.