Denver Charles Will, 93, of Black River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2020.
His kindness and compassion knew no bounds and we are grateful that he enriched our lives for so many magical years. He was a dedicated member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and his devotion to the faith and family guided his life.
Denver grew up on a dairy farm outside of Fairchild. He, his brother Charles, and his sisters Charlene and Nona were busy with housework, school, and church.
After high school, he worked at the Farmer’s Union Co-op until he was drafted into the army in September 1950 during the Korean War. He served as a clerk at Camp Breckenridge, KY, and retired with the rank of corporal in September 1952.
On vacation in the spring of 1951, he met his lover Dorothy Ann Baures, also from Fairchild. They married in the fall of 1953, had been married for 66 years and raised six very happy children.
Denver and Dorothy lived in Augusta, WI, where Denver bought a Milky Way from Dairy Maid Co-op to support his young family. In 1956 he sold his route, took a job as a driver’s license examiner with the state of Wisconsin, and moved to Black River Falls. Hired as a rural mail carrier in 1961, he delivered mail in Hixton, WI and Black River Falls until he retired in 1990.
In his spare time, Denver worked on his small farm, laughed with family and friends, and spent countless hours helping Dorothy work with developmentally disabled people across Jackson County, WI.
In death he is preceded by son Ronald; Sister Charlene; Brother Charles; and great-grandson Connor.
His wife Dorothy will miss him very much; Daughters, Debra, Tamara and Patricia; Sons, Jeffrey and Jon; Sister Nona; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; as well as numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to the wonderful Heatherwood Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice Care staff who lovingly looked after the whole family during the last phase of Denver’s life.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, February 29th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 351 W. Jefferson St., Black River Falls, WI 54615. Pastor David Shudy officiates. The tour of the church begins at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. The funeral is scheduled for noon at Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls. Lunch will be served in the church after the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John’s Lutheran Church, address above, or Heartland Hospice Care, 3410 Oakwood Mall Drive, Suite 400, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is helping the family make the arrangements. To leave an online letter of condolence, please visit www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
Published by Leader Telegram from February 25th to February 26th, 2020.