Dwight Ewing Willett

Dwight Ewing Willett

Birth
Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa, USA
Death 18 Jan 2008 (aged 96)
Missouri Valley, Harrison County, Iowa, USA
Burial Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 57366797 · View Source
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*** IN LOVING MEMORY OF ***
Dwight Ewing Willett was born on Sunday; May 21, 1911, on a dairy farm between Woodbine and Logan; Harrison County, Iowa. Dwight was the second child of Harry and Agnes (McCreary) Willett. When he was 12 years old, he was greatly saddened when his mother suddenly died from complications from surgery. His father later married Myra Nourse. Dwight began school at Bostwick Boyer Valley #4 near their farm. He then attended Woodbine Normal School and graduated in 1928 at the age of 16. He waited a year, then in the fall of 1929 he attended Iowa State College in Ames; Story County, Iowa. During his college years he had to take breaks from school to earn money, and to gain required work experience in his field of study. To meet his work requirement, he went to Philadelphia; Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania to work at Haps Ice Cream Company preparing diary products, selling the products and taking the money home at night for safekeeping. One night he was robbed of the store's money at gunpoint. He then changed the route that he walked home every night after that! Dwight graduated from Iowa State College in March of 1937 with a major in Creamery Management. He then returned to Woodbine to farm with his dad. In 1942, Dwight was inducted into the United States Army. He received his basic training at Camp Barclay in Abilene, Texas. He then went to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for training as a surgical technician. He received desert training in Arizona and California. After his training he was sent to Europe. Since he was good at reading maps, he was assigned as a truck driver for a hospital unit (known today as M.A.S.H. units). His platoon hauled the hospital tents and equipment from place to place, following the combat troops. They set up the tents and took care of the wounded, took the tents down, and traveled to the next location. He finished his tour of duty after the war working in a military hospital in Germany. Dwight returned to the farm and met his future wife, Della Seyl, a teacher in the Woodbine school. They were married in her home in Belden; Cedar County, Nebraska on June 21, 1947. Dwight farmed until he retired in 1994. In 1997 the couple moved into a new house they built in Woodbine, Iowa. Dwight had a remarkable memory. He fascinated his family with stories and details of how life was when he was young. Their farm lay along the Illinois Central rail line, which had a siding where it stopped by the farm. It showed up on maps of the time as Willett Station. Dwight told stories about the railroad, the building of roads in the area, the evolution of the dairy farm and the various family members who ran it. Dwight had a close relationship with the members of his extended family. Through the years, relatives often came to the farm, or Dwight and Della traveled the country to visit them. This included a drive to Alaska to visit his niece who lived there and trips to explore places where family ancestors had lived. They also went to Germany when Gary was stationed there in the army. While they were in Europe they used Eurail passes to travel all over the continent by train. Dwight Ewing Willett, age 96, passed away on Friday; January 18, 2008 at the Missouri Valley Hospital in Missouri Valley; Harrison County, Iowa. Those left to mourn his passing are: His wife: Della; his son: Gary (Barbara) Willett of Jefferson, Iowa. His one grandson: Brent (Liberty) Willett of Denver; Denver County, Colorado, his one great-granddaughter: Jeannette Willett. Also many other relatives and a host of friends. Dwight was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: Natalie Stanko of Steamboat Springs; Routt County, Colorado. May they rest in peace. May God bless his memory and give strength to those that mourn. Visitation will be from: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday; January 20, 2008 at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at: 2:00 p.m. on Monday; January 21, 2008 also at the Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine, Iowa with the Reverend Loren Parker officiating. Graveside services and interment will be performed by the Woodbine Veterans of Foreign Wars & Woodbine American Legion Weiss Post #143 at the Woodbine Cemetery in Woodbine, Iowa. For condolences, please visit the funeral home's website at: http://www.foutsfuneralhome.com/
The Fouts Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements and the care of the family.


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  • Maintained by: Marthann Kohl-Fuhs
  • Originally Created by: Gerhardt Leffler
  • Added: 20 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 57366797
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dwight Ewing Willett (21 May 1911–18 Jan 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57366797, citing Woodbine Cemetery, Woodbine, Harrison County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Marthann Kohl-Fuhs (contributor 47102630) .