Will England passed away in his sleep at home on December 6, 2013, after battling COPD.
He was born in Johnston, Rhode Island, on November 12, 1939, and attended LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army and then was a locksmith for 20 years. He enjoyed woodworking and embroidery. He was a devoted husband for 53 years and his sons were his pride and joy. Will lived in Alaska for 31 years and loved the beauty of the land. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor with Rotary International.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Isabelle England (Alarie); father, Wilfred J. England; brother, Norman England; and sister, Florence Lauby.
Survivors include his wife, Karen England; two sons, Arthur England of Baton Rouge, La., and Mark England, of Anchorage, Alaska; one granddaughter, Jessica England of Baton Rouge and one grandson, Joseph England of Ardmore.
There will be a memorial service Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church with Roselawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary Club of Decatur and Hospice of the Valley.
Published in the Decatur Daily on Dec. 11, 2013