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Walter Ervin Willey

September 1, 1929 October 7, 2020
Walter Ervin Willey
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Obituary for Walter Ervin Willey

Walter E. Willey passed away peacefully on October 7, 2020. Walter was born on September 1, 1929 in Estherville, IA to James and Nellie (Gipson) Willey. He graduated from high school in Sherburn, MN, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He was a proud Marine who served in the Korean War. He worked for Dekalb Seed Corn for many years.
He married the love of his life on January 27, 1952. Walter and Katherine operated the Midwest Coaches bus depot and Yellow Cab service for many years. After retirement, Walter worked as a health aide in local care centers. He enjoyed caring for the elderly.
Walter had many unique hobbies and interests. He was an avid BB gun collector, picture framer, loved gardening, and reading western novels, including every Louis L’Amour novel ever written! Many years ago, he fulfilled a lifetime dream of experiencing an authentic cowboy adventure. Walter and Katherine also enjoyed many escorted bus trips. They also enjoyed going to the local auctions (maybe too much!)
Walter is survived by his wife of 68 years, Katherine Willey; his children, Linda (Rick) Smith, Rapid City, SD, Karen (Mark) Stofferahn, Loveland, CO, Michael (Krista) Willey, Longmont, CO, and Scott Willey, Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Kassie Smith and Justin Smith, Marissa (Stofferahn) Bell, Josh Stofferahn, Jordan Willey, and Brennan Willey; eight great grandchildren; a sister, Norma Extrand, and many more nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Catherine, Lois, Adilee, and Nina.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Dr. Daren I. Flinck officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Saturday

10

Oct

12:00 PM 10/10/2020 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 10/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

10

Oct

1:00 PM 10/10/2020 1:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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