Paul Wells, 57, of Roseburg died unexpectedly on April 3 near Diamond Lake. Paul was born on December 27, 1964, in Oregon City. He graduated from North Eugene High School in 1983 and earned an Associate of Technology Degree from Pierce College in 1993. To know Paul was to like him; he was kind, generous of spirit, and beloved by many. He joined the Army after high school and served his country for twenty-one years. His service took him throughout the United States and abroad to Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Haiti, and the several ‘stans, as he was fond of saying. Paul served during both Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait) and Operation Desert Shield (Iraq). He was a soldier’s soldier feeling as he did that he needed always to exceed expectations. There was nothing Paul would not do for a member of his company, and he was highly regarded and respected by soldiers of all ranks. Among his numerous decorations was the Meritorious Service Medal. Paul was known for his love of the outdoors and for the many “toys” – the outdoor vehicles and gear - he acquired for his adventures. He was known among family members for his excursions into the wilderness of eastern Oregon and for the great photos he would text to them. It was during one such trip that Paul passed away – doing what he loved to do. Three days after he passed, Paul was joined in heaven by his mother, Rose Wells. He is survived by his father, Robert Wells; siblings Tina Wells Lee, Alan Wells, and Thomas Wells; and Rudy, his beloved dog and sidekick. Services and interment at the Roseburg National Cemetery will occur at a later date. Services are in care of Umpqua Valley Funeral Directors in Roseburg.