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WILLIS, Don 1936-2010


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 8/16/2010 at 20:36:50

Donald L. Willis, 73, of Wellsburg passed away May 27, 2010, at his home in Wellsburg while under the care of the Cedar Valley Hospice. Funeral services were June 1 at the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church in Holland. Burial followed at the Colfax Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Don was born on December 5, 1936, in Dows, the son of Albert “Lyle” and Margaret (Severe) Willis. He attended school in Dows, later graduated from Dows High School. He then went on to attend college at Iowa State University in Ames, earning a 4-year degree. Don began his teaching career in the 1959 school year in Wellsburg, teaching vocational Agriculture for five years. He then purchased a farm east of town and began his farming career. On December 21, 1974, Don and Mardean (Hook) Albers were united in marriage at Mardean’s parents’ farm, just east of Wellsburg. The couple moved to Don’s farm after they were married. After retiring from farming, Don and Mardean moved into town.

Don was a member of the Grundy County Farm Bureau, the Grundy County Fair Board, was a 4-H leader for many years, was on the Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock School Board and was a member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church in Holland.

He enjoyed gardening, cooking, raising sheep, deer hunting, playing cards and especially loved spending time with his family.

Don is survived by his wife Mardean of Wellsburg; children James (Diane) Albers of Wellsburg, Michael (Sandee) Albers of Dike, Rhonda (Mike) Myers of Dike, Jesse (Lori) Willis of Wellsburg and Jennifer (Derek) Richtsmeier of Wellsburg; grandchildren Amber, Coty and Shawn Albers, Jordan, Braxton, Trenton and Brooke Myers, Kylie, Wesley and Carlie Willis and Cole and Erin Richtsmeier; great-grandson Krayton; brothers, Garth (Donna) Willis of Dows and Gene (Mary Beth) Willis of Jewell; mother-in-law, Hazel Hook of Grundy Center; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Benjamin Hook; and daughter-in-law, Kimberly Albers.
--Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa) 3 June 2010


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