Douglas A. Wills, 81
June 8, 1934 — Jan. 27, 2016
Douglas A. Wills, 81, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at his residence. He was born June 8, 1934, in Norway, Michigan, to Russell and Lily (nee Hammarlund) Wills. He graduated from Norway High School, Class of 1951, and later graduated from Michigan State University, Class of 1956.
After graduation, he was employed by Arthur Anderson in Chicago and then later transferred to Milwaukee, where he met Elizabeth (Betty) Rice, a nurse who lived in the same apartment complex. Doug and Betty married Oct. 18, 1958, in Tomah. The couple soon moved to West Bend, where he joined B.C. Ziegler Co. in 1959 and retired in 1987. He was an active member of his community during his 56 years living and working in West Bend, giving freely of his time and talents as a CPA, most notably as a director on the board of The Threshold Inc. Doug was an avid Michigan State Spartans fan, loved golfing, traveling, was a tremendous reader and above all else loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Doug is survived by his children, Julie (Carl) Horn, Richard and Chris (Julie); grandchildren, Abigale (Tom) Hall, Andrew Horn, Katelyn Horn, Maddie Wills (fiancé Jake Liedtke), Jacob, Chloe, Casey and Charles Wills; and great-grandson, Mason Hall, and another great-grandson expected this spring. He is further survived by his brother, Warren Wills; sister, Lorraine Jaworski; brothers-in-law, William (late Rita) Rice and Richard (late Pat) Rice; his cherished rescue dog, Hank; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Joseph Horn and Joely Wills; daughter-in-law, Julie Dricken Wills; brother, Bruce (Betty); brother-in-law, Michael Rice; and sister-in-law, Margaret Wills.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Nathan Reeseman presiding. Inurnment will be at Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the church only from 3-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Memorials are appreciated to the Washington County Humane Society (3650 Highway 60, Slinger, WI 53086).
The family would like to thank Lisa Perkins and Doug’s many neighbors for their help with his care the past six months.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.