After he retired from his town job, Willie commenced his true lifes passion the phone tree!
Every day he called his people to visit, share a laugh, and lend encouragement. ," was his favorite line, and a good reminder to keep lifes troubles into perspective.
They moved back to Groton, SD, where he worked on the family farm until 1974, when he enrolled in the Denver Automotive and Diesel School studying diesel mechanics. He spent many hours working with his children and grandchildren sharing his skills and knowledge.
Services will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, at a.m.
at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD, followed by interment at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Special modifications allowed Willie to use the telephone and computer unassisted.
In 2001, Willie started working in Buffalo for his daughter, Angela, answering phones and keeping everyone on task.
In 1977, Willie recommitted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
His relationship with Jesus has sustained him through many trials and tribulations over the years.He watched his children grow to adulthood and enjoyed every minute spent with his grandkids and great-grandkid, Isabella Rose.You may have seen him out in the field in his wheelchair directing Pete on a tractor repair, traipsing around the countryside with youthful chauffeurs, Laura and Julianna, sorting bolts at the kitchen table with Dalton and Jesse, supervising Alexis egg collection duties, or anywhere in the whole country with his lifelong travelling partner, wife, and caregiver, Venoy.In 1960, Willie was named "Outstanding Young Rancher." He was always active in the community including, serving on the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Council, HC Weed and Pest Board, and measuring fields and grain bins for the FSA, to name a few. When he had everything in order at home, he and Bob did custom farming, haying, and corn chopping for the neighbors.Willie enjoyed local history and was excited to help with the Harding County history books, taking a special interest in the churches and cemeteries.We joked that Dads accident was Gods version of "forced retirement," but the fact of the matter is, these were the years Willie got to enjoy his greatest treasure on earth, his family.