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William Mathew "Willy" Willems
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Birth: May 12, 1913
Paris
Logan County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1939
Albuquerque
Bernalillo County
New Mexico, USA

William, known as Willy, was the fifth child of John M. Willems and Anna Marie GŁnther (Guenther) Willems. He was a popular young man and had many friends. Blessed with a good singing voice, Willy accompanied himself on the guitar and was a very promising student. Never marrying, he finished high school and then started college for a time at Subiaco Academy while considering becoming a priest. He never did. Instead he went to Abilene, Texas, then on to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he worked as warehouse manager for Montgomery Ward. He wrote home about something funny going on out there and was later found dead near railroad tracks after being run over by a train. Was it extortion or blackmail he hinted at in his letters? We'll never know. The tragedy made front page news of the Albuquerque Journal "Foul Play Hinted In Train Death". William was 26 years old when he died August 23, 1939. His grieving father, John Martin Willems traveled by train to New Mexico and brought his body home for burial. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Martin Willems (1881 - 1959)
  Anna Marie GŁnther Willems (1882 - 1933)
 
 Siblings:
  Catherine Philomena Willems Schwartz (1904 - 1989)*
  Elizabeth Willems Werner (1907 - 1989)*
  Phillip Joseph Willems (1908 - 1959)*
  Mathew John Willems (1911 - 1970)*
  William Mathew Willems (1913 - 1939)
  Fred Victor Willems (1914 - 1997)*
  Aloys Jacob Willems (1916 - 2009)*
  Frank Joseph Willems (1919 - 2000)*
  Justin J. Willems (1921 - 1992)*
  Anna Marie Willems Kloke (1923 - 2010)*
  Margaret Grathwohl (1925 - 1969)*
  John Stephen Willems (1928 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Paris
Logan County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: K W Hodnett
Record added: Jul 22, 2008
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William Mathew Willy Willems
Added by: K W Hodnett
 
William Mathew Willy Willems
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William Mathew Willy Willems
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