Delbert Wills

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sept. 21, 1932 Dec. 3, 2018

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Sibley for Delbert Logan Wills. The Rev. Terry Simm officiated. Interment was at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, with military honors by American Legion #324 and V.F.W. #7373.

Delbert Logan Wills was born Sept. 21, 1932, in Rushmore, Minnesota. He was the son of Logan and Winnie (Kruse) Wills. He lived his youth on a farm in rural Sibley, where he attended a country school. Delbert worked at Horton Chevrolet in Sibley before entering the U.S. Army.

He was united in marriage to Frances Janie Janssen of Sibley, on March 7, 1953, at the country Lutheran Church, west of Sibley. Delbert then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Korea and Japan. When Delbert returned from overseas, he and Frances lived in Sibley, where he worked for the government measuring and cleaning bins. They settled near Cloverdale, where they farmed. At age 65, he got his captain license for the Village Princess at Lake Okoboji and conducted the Arnolds Park train. He kept busy with various jobs including Jeddeloh Ford and at the Clay County Fair.

Delbert always had a story or funny joke to tell. He supported all of his grandchildren's extra-curricular activities, attending as many as possible. The most important part of his life was his faith and family. He served as a trustee, deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. He enjoyed the various church groups he and Frances were involved in. Sunday evenings were a special time spent together with family on the farm, including his favorite pet, Mollie the Collie.

He passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Sibley Specialty Care.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 65 years, Frances Wills of Sibley; his five daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Roger Meyer of Rock Rapids, Diane and Mike Remakel of Worthington, Minnesota; Darla and John Linquist of Sibley, Denise and Tom Kuiper of Sibley, Donna and Mike Schoonhoven of Hospers; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Lorn and Joan Wills of Sanborn; one sister, Dorothy Schilling of Westminster, Colorado; two brothers-in-law, Alvin Jurrens of Sibley and Harold and his wife Ruby Janssen of Sibley; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Wills of Sheldon and Gloria Wills of Sibley. Online expressions of sympathy can be sent to

He was preceded in death by his parents Logan and Winnie Wills; three brothers, Russell Wills, Lyle Wills, and Lynn Wills, and one sister, Marlys Jurrens.