Richard V. Wills

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WILLS Richard V. Wills, 94, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away November 25, 2012. He was preceded in death by wife Margaret (Peg) M. Wills, brother Robert L. Wills, and sister Marion Wills Burnham. He is survived by wife, Irene Wills. Dick was born August 1, 1918 in Waverly, Ohio to the late Leonidas E. Wills and Georgia Wills. He graduated in 1943 from Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He is survived by sons, Richard J. Wills, Georgetown, TX and Robert E. Wills, Ruskin, FL; step-children, Gail Burkart, Columbus, OH, Gwyn and Craig Dorris, Orlando, FL, Lucinda and Wallace Sagendorph, Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Dick served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps during WWII and Korea, then went into private practice in Columbus, OH. Dick was a dentist for 39 years who enjoyed sharing his professional and practical knowledge of dentistry with others. Prior to the requirement for mandatory continuing dental education, Dick and four other dentists, Dr. Walter "Pappy" Wright, Donald Merker, Don "Chenny" Chenowith, and Bob Hinkle, formed a lecture group calling themselves the Perennial Sophomores. They gave lectures throughout the state to other practicing dentists. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, the Columbus Dental Society, the Fellowhip International Collge of Dentistry, the LD. Pankey Institute and the Quiet Birdmen. He retired from private practice in 1982. He was an avid golfer and pilot, and a great father to his two sons The memorial service was private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to LifePath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL 33573.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 1, 2012
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