Franklin K. Wills (1925 - 2013)

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Franklin K. Wills

CANMER, Ky—Franklin K. Wills, VMD, 87, of Canmer, and formerly of Salisbury and Whitehaven, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at his home. Born on July 11, 1925, in Bristol, Pa., he was the son of the late Franklin K. Wills, Sr. and Kathryn Howell Wills. He was a resident of Salisbury for many years before moving to Whitehaven when he retired.

Dr. Wills attended Penn State University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. He received his Master of Science from Texas A&M University in 1955, and his Doctorate in Veterinary Pathology in 1966, from the University of Connecticut. He served as an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut from 1960-1962, and as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland from 1962-1969. He went on to serve as the Associate Director of Sterwin Laboratories in Millsboro, Del., eventually becoming their Manager of International Technical Services.

After he retired in 1990, Frank built a home in Whitehaven, where he enjoyed working in his orchard, raising tilapia and selling them at the local farmers market. He was an active member of Rockawalkin Methodist Church in Hebron and of the Whitehaven Heritage Association. After he moved to Kentucky in 2007, he faithfully attended First United Methodist Church of Munfordville, where he taught Sunday school.

Dr. Wills is survived by his loving wife Carol; two sisters, Kitty Wolf. of Savannah, Ga. and Nancy Dooley of Jacksonville, Fla.; children, Frank Wills Jr. and wife Melissa of Seaford Del., Nancy Shockley and husband Michael of Canmer, Beth Basile and husband Vince of West DesMoines, Iowa; step-daughters Mary Snedeker McMichael and friend Dick Detweiler of Arlington, Va. and JoAnne Snedeker Mitchell and husband Dan of McDonough, Ga; eight grandchildren, one great- granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private graveside service on May 18, 2013 in Mount Height Cemetery in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of Rockawalkin United Methodist Church, 6777 Rockawalkin Rd., Hebron Md. 21830

Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 25, 2013
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