Orville Oderkirk Will

Orville Oderkirk Will

Birth
Chester, Meigs County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Jul 2012 (aged 95)
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Burial Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Plot Sec: D, Block: 37, Qtr: NE, Lot: 6
Memorial ID 129738057 · View Source
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Orville O. Will 15 Jan 1917 - 26 Jul 2012. Orville (Kirk) O. Will, 95 of Yakima died 26 Jul 2012 in Yakima. He was born 15 Jan 1917 in Rutland, Ohio. Kirk was raised in rural southern Ohio during the great depression, one of six children. He knew the value of hard work and personal initiative. He worked his way through Ohio State University and was a teacher prior to entering the army in 1941. He married Margaret (Hope) Stephenson prior to shipping out to the Philippines. He served in the Pacific theater during the rest of WWII, and was saved from participating in the invasion of Japan by the Japanese surrender after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The couple moved to Yakima in 1945. Kirk called Yakima home the rest of his long and productive life. The marriage produced three children, but ended in a divorce in the sixties. Kirk later met and married his true love Martha (Marty), and their union lasted 37 years until his death. Kirk was a very skilled carpenter and cabinet maker, but his greatest professional strength was his organizational ability. He served as General Superintendent for REW, Inc. for over thirty years. He was an avid outdoorsman with a special love for fishing. Like many children of the depression, he was a very frugal man with money, but he was equally generous with his time and skill, always ready to help neighbors, friends and family, and that help was substantial, as he knew how to fix, make or grow just about anything. One of Kirk’s other great loves was travelling. He and Marty were able to see the world for over twenty years before his failing health curtailed their adventures. He was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, and one child (Jane) and is survived by his sister Alta Casdorph, wife Martha, daughter Julie Nickerson (Tom), son Joe Will (Kathy), four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church 6015 Summitview, Yakima. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday & Tuesday 6 Aug & 7 Aug 2012 at Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima.

[obituary published Aug 2012]


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  • Created by: donbraffitt
  • Added: 13 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 129738057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orville Oderkirk Will (15 Jan 1917–26 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129738057, citing Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by donbraffitt (contributor 48022167) .