Glenn C. "Dick" Willmann, 89, of Highland, Ill., born Thursday, Aug. 21, 1924, in Highland, Ill., died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland, Ill.
Mr. Willmann was born the youngest of six children. He left high school early to help support his family and joined the Navy in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Honolulu. He received the Navy Unit Commendation from the Navy Department for "outstanding heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle of Kula Gulf and Kolombangaro and operations at Palau and Leyte." He was discharged with six battle stars in 1946. In the late 1940's, he ran Dick's Sandwich Shop, which was located on the Highland Square. He also served as a Highland police officer at one time and served with the Highland City Council when Highland's Silver Lake was proposed and constructed. He was a carpenter by trade and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1535 for over 60 years. After retirement, Dick enjoyed golf and collecting model trains, golf memorabilia, and going to auctions. He and his wife also attended and/or hosted many USS Honolulu annual reunions through 2011. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow sailors for many years.
He was a member of Carpenter's Local 1535 (past president); Highland Masonic Lodge 583 AF & AM (since 1952); former Highland City Council Member; Highland Country Club (past president).
He was preceded in death by his father, Urban Hamilton Willmann; mother, Dena Helen Willmann, nee Strotheide; brothers, Orin H. Willmann and Raymond G. Willmann; and sisters, Sylvia F. Bloemker, Ruth S. Nagel (twin) and Ruby M. Essenpreis (twin).
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn M., nee Gelly, Willmann, whom he married on Saturday, March 5, 1949; daughter, Christy L. (Ronald) Naylor of Troy, Ill.; son, Richard G. Willmann of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Rodney W. (Patti) Naylor of Springfield, Ill., Michael A. (Susan) Naylor of Troy, Ill., and Zachary R. Willmann of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Reiss A. Naylor of Troy, Ill., Jackson T. Naylor (twin) of Troy, Ill., Jacob M. Naylor (twin) of Troy, Ill., H. Wade Naylor of Springfield, Ill., and Peyton A. Naylor of Springfield, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to
; St. Louis Children's Hospital; or Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill., with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill.
SPENGEL-BOULANGER FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth Highland, IL 62249-0187
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 16, 2014