NEW?ULM – Willis Havemeier, 92, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, February 8, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Jeffrey Bovee officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4 7 PM Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Saturday.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org
Willis is survived by his wife, Laneta Havemeier of New Ulm; a daughter, Marilyn (Tom) Macho of New Ulm; sons, Roger (Roxanne) Havemeier of Coon Rapids, Galen (Sandra) Havemeier of New Ulm; grandchildren, Scott Macho, Adam Macho, Jason Havemeier, Jenifer Morin, Justin Havemeier, Jeffrey Havemeier; great- grandchildren, Clara, Lucy, Cooper and Zoey; sister, Jeanette Wolner of Madelia; brother, Kenneth (Marion) Havemeier of Naples, Florida; and by a sister-in-law, Catherine Havemeier of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Seonaid Havemeier; and by a brother-in-law, James Wolner.
Willis Albert Havemeier was born August 1, 1921 in Milford Township, Brown County to William and Elsie (Radke) Havemeier. He served in the United States Army during WWII from 1942 to 1945 with the 843rd Aviation Engineer Battalion in five battle campaigns. Willis was united in marriage to Laneta Meyer on August 28, 1946 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ridgely Township, Renville County. After marriage they farmed in Cairo Township, Renville County. They retired and moved to New Ulm in 1993 where Willis did carpentry work until 2005. He enjoyed traveling, playing his button accordion and spending time with his family.
He was a member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post #132, New Ulm Chapter of the DAV and the New Ulm Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church, MVL or donor’s choice.