Wilfred (Will) Yetzer, age 99, known to many as Uncle Will, passed peacefully Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.
Will was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Waconia. His entire life revolved around Waconia, family, and friends.
He served in World War II as a medic on the front lines under General Patton, and enjoyed sharing his memories with anyone who asked.
Will spent his career in the funeral, furniture, and flooring business, where he used his time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of Waconia and its residents, from helping get the hospital built to starting Island View Golf Club.
He was a charter member of the Lions, served on the Waconia Chamber, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and the American Legion.
During the last few years, Will used his knowledge of Waconia to help the Waconia Heritage Association with their latest book.
Will was preceded in death by his wife, and love of his life, Euna; parents Katherine and Joseph Yetzer; brothers Jerome, John, and Leon; sisters Germaine Holler and Florence Becklund; nephew Mark Holler; and great-nephew Jack Flood.
He is survived by a brother, Stan (Chris) Yetzer; sister, Rita (Dean) Givans; nieces and nephews, Holly (Craig) King, David (Linda) Givans, Dawn (Dan) Perrel, Steve (Rita) Yetzer, Jill (Nick) Flood, Kelly (Paul) Kohls, Jacquie (Jon) Schneewind, Sandi (Jon Dressen) Becklund, Chuck (Pearl) Becklund, Jeff (Deb) Becklund, Terry (Dave) Erickson, Peter Holler, Kay Dickman, Sheila (Jim) Hartman, Marcia Yetzer, and Andrea Wickenhauser; and Euna’s children, Becky (Francis) Condon, Jon Thom, and David (Kathy) Thom; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial, took place Thursday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Visitation continued Thursday at the church, two hours prior to the Mass.
Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph Catholic School, or the Will and Euna Yetzer Endowment Fund for the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home.