WISNER, Wilford Leon of Sun City Center passed away Jan. 29, 2014. Wil has two sisters, Carolyn Baker Mann and Kathleen Burney. He attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, IN; was a newspaper boy for the Indianapolis STAR; won the STAR Purdue scholarship by achieving a perfect scholastic average and attended Purdue University and studied electrical engineering, graduating summa cum laude along with other honors. He then spent one year as a Fulbright Scholar, studying electrical engineering in Aachen, Germany. When he returned to the United States, he attended Harvard Law School studying patent law. He then worked for AT&T, Bell Labs and their associated companies, which finally became Alcatel Lucent. In 1962, he met Marion Elizabeth Frommelt; they married on Dec. 22, 1962 and enjoyed a marriage of 51 years. Their daughter, Andrea Margaret Wisner, was born two years later. When Andrea was two and a half years old, they adopted twins, Sharon Elizabeth and Glenn Terry, who were two and a quarter pounds at the time. After Wil retired from Alcatel Lucent, he worked a few years at Finnegan Henderson. It is very clear that Wil was a hard-working man and very loving husband, father whom everyone loved.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 20, 2014