Willard Eugene Weller, age 94, of Maple Plain, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at Haven Homes of Maple Plain.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. at Annandale United Methodist Church, with visitation prior to the service at the church, beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Sylvan Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato and Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.
Willard was born Dec. 26, 1924, in Delano, to Richard Sr. and Luella (Townsend) Weller.
He joined the United States Army Nov. 10, 1945, and served as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged Jan. 10, 1947.
After service, Willard purchased a farm near Howard Lake, and married Irene Warn in 1957. To this union, two children; Gail and Scott, were born.
Willard started working for Schwartz Manufacturing of Lester Prairie in 1965 and, in 1970, went to work at Van Dale-Fleming Manufacturing as a punch press operator, where he stayed for 25 and one-half years.
After retirement, Willard went to small engines school via mail. He worked at Carlson Orchard and Village Ranch as a dish washer in the kitchen.
He was 88 years old when he totally retired.
Willard loved the outdoors.He had a good sense of humor, and loved his family.
He is survived by his children, Gail (Doug) Bergstrom of Howard Lake, and Scott (Brenda) Weller of Clear Lake; and grandchildren Nicolle (Andrew) Sawatzke of Buffalo, and their children, Kayden and Addison; Travis (Shannon) Bergstrom of Howard Lake and their children, Wyatt and Ruby; Justin (Auden) Weller of Sauk Rapids; and Jeremy (Kylie) of Brooklyn Park.
Willard is also survived by a brother, Richard Weller Jr. of Howard Lake; and a sister, Varona Seth of Winsted.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Sr. and Luella; wife Irene; and sisters Rosalee Boeson, and Hazel Oberpriller.