Michael Wells, 39, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away September 14, 2019, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Michael was born September 12, 1980, the son of Rod and Lori (Davis) Wells, the husband of Katie, and the father of Olivia, Johnny, and Caroline.
Michael attended North Kansas City High School and played football as a right guard at the University of Central Missouri, where he studied fire science. He joined the Lenexa Fire Department as a firefighter, an EMT, an inspector, an investigator, and several other specialized positions. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2016.
Michael was united in marriage to Katie Teson on July 6, 2007, and they had three beautiful children that he adored. Being a husband and father was the role he most cherished in his life. Michael was also an avid homebrewer and won awards in 38 different states. Michael was an active member of his parish, St. Therese Catholic Church, and a coach for his son’s youth football team. He volunteered as an instructor of fire safety in elementary schools and was honored as a two-time participant in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Kansas City. He was also honored by the KC Chiefs as the Hometown Hero in 2018.
Michael had wanted to be a firefighter since he was a little boy. As a first responder, he regularly encountered people on the worst days of their lives. Besides giving the necessary aid, he brought a measure of compassion and calm. His large stature belied his gentle nature. He had a true servant’s heart and sought to uplift and protect anyone in need who crossed his path. He was known for his goodness, kindness, and selflessness. He was a friend to all and exemplified how to respect, encourage, and love one another.
Michael was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in October of 2018. Supported and uplifted by his community, he fought fiercely and courageously. His cancer-fighting motto was “Choose the Wrench” to show the physical and mental toughness with which he faced his greatest struggle. Even though he was in great pain and discomfort, he never complained about his suffering. His warm smile, positive attitude, and sense of humor were evident even on his most difficult days.
Michael was taken so early and will forever be our hero. He is greatly missed by his family, friends, and Lenexa Fire Department brothers.