Rudolph (Rudy) A. Wills, age 91, passed away on August 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
Rudy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 18, 1926, to Johan and Theresia, who had recently immigrated to the United States from Jabing, Austria. He raised in Brooklyn along with his siblings- John Alfred, Pauline, and Helen.
He served in the U.S. Army 777th Quarter Master Service Battalion in Panama. Upon his release from service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
After his military service, he began a life-long career in the Banking Industry in Manhattan, NY. He met his wife Elizabeth (Betty) while on vacation in Miami, Florida. They were married on February 22, 1958. They moved to Brevard County, Florida and built a home on Merritt Island, Florida in 1960. They raised their family there before relocating to Oviedo, Florida in 1986. They retired to Westminster Towers, Orlando, Florida in 2010. Rudy was an active resident of Westminster Towers and enjoyed working out daily in the gym and mingling with other residents. He was popular and well-liked by both residents and staff alike.
Rudy was an avid reader, amateur artist, gifted craftsman, and member of MENSA International. He spent countless hours in his workshop creating wooden furniture and crafts for family and friends. He loved being outdoors and remained active his entire life.
He was a caring and involved Dad to his son and daughter. He was a beloved Grandfather who doted on and adored his grandchildren. He welcomed any opportunity to spend time with any or all of them.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of 59 years. He is also survived by his son, Eric Wills (wife Janet) of Orlando, Florida and Erin Wills-Myers (husband Jeff) of Merritt Island, Florida. His grandchildren are Clayton Wills, Bethany Myers, Grace Myers, and Elizabeth Wills.
A private service was held by family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rudy’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.