John R. Wills was born in Eastern Europe in the 1870s and immigrated to the United States in 1901. He settled in Pittsburgh, PA where he married Henrietta Herbst on October 21, 1905. A short while later they moved to Butler, PA where John worked at the Standard Steel Car Company (later known as Pullman Standard.) John & Henrietta were the parents of 9 children: Carl, Henry, Lena, Anna, Martha, Ferdinand, Emma, Clara and Clarence.
In 1924 the family moved to Chicago, IL, where John found employment at the Republic Steel Company. The family attended the Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church of South Chicago.
John died on November 2, 1927 at home in Chicago. He is survived by wife Henrietta and eight children. John Wills is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago, IL.
Henrietta Herbst Wills
1884–1935 (m. 1905)
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