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James E. Wells III, a former Union Carbide Corp. metallurgist who held several patents, died Tuesday (Oct. 15, 1996) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness. He was 64.

Wells, a Buffalo native, grew up in Orchard Park. An Eagle Scout, he was a 1949 graduate of Orchard Park High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering at the University of Michigan in 1953.

An Army veteran of the Korean War, Wells attained the rank of corporal and was a radio repairman stationed in Turkey. Although his active service ended in 1956, he served in reserve units until 1962.

Wells returned to the University of Michigan to earn a master's degree in metallurgical engineering, then began his career as a research metallurgist at Union Carbide in Niagara Falls.

Wells worked at Union Carbide for 38 years before retiring in 1982. He was honored for his service to the company in 1980, and when the company was sold to a Norwegian concern, he traveled abroad to the home office to complete his work.

A Civil War enthusiast, Wells after his retirement visited famous battlefield sites and memorials.

He was a longtime member of the Church of the Advent and its Usher Society.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Sonia K. Mosbaugh of the Town of Tonawanda; a son, James "Jay" of Town of Tonawanda; a daughter, Lisa Kellick of Brentwood, Tenn.; his mother, the former Mary E. Houghton of Westfield; a sister, Joanne Nixon of Westfield; and two grandchildren.

A Eucharistic service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Burial will be in Springville Rural Cemetery. [clln]

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