Willis J. Spiller
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N. Chelmsford, MCI Concord retiree, vet; 76
N. CHELMSFORD Willis J. Spiller, 76, of N. Chelmsford, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 14, 2009, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA.
He was married to Gertrude (Klufts)
Spiller with whom he celebrated their
53rd wedding anniversary on Feb. 18th.
Born in Lowell, MA on August 14, 1933, he was the son of the late Carroll and
Elizabeth (Holt) Spiller. He was raised in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1951.
A veteran of the Korean War era, he served in the US Army with the 11th
Mr. Spiller worked as a Correctional Officer for the State of Massachusetts at MCI Concord for 32 years before retiring in July of 1989.
A resident of North Chelmsford since 1961, he attended the Congregational Church of North Chelmsford.
He received a medal from the The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for his courage in the rescue of a young girl on the icy Merrimack on February 12, 1950.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 313 in N. Chelmsford and regular attendee of the Veterans' breakfast at the Senior Center.
He was an avid football fan that held season tickets to the Patriots for over 20 years. He was very active in the football programs at Nashoba Valley Technical High School and Acton-Boxboro High School.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons and their wives, William J. and Michelle (Levasseur) Spiller of Dracut, MA, Lawrence A. and Lisa (Kasilowski) Spiller of Spring Hill, FL, James P. and Suzanne (Hawkins) Spiller of N. Chelmsford, MA; a brother, Robert Spiller of Windsor, MA; a sister, Sue Gongloff of Newport Richie, FL; seven grandchildren, John M. Spiller, William J. Spiller Jr., Larissa A. Spiller, Hope J. St. Gelais, Andrew A. Spiller, Jacklyn E. Spiller, and Nicholas C. Spiller; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two daughters,
Judith Ann Spiller of Dracut who died Feb. 14, 1993, and Janet Elizabeth St. Gelais of Westford who died Dec. 18, 1999, and her husband, Kenneth St. Gelais of Westford who died in May of 2002.
SPILLER Willis J. Spiller, of N. Chelmsford, MA, died Nov. 14, 2009. Visiting hours Tues. 4 to 7 PM. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Services Wed at 11:00 a.m. in the Congregational Church of North Chelmsford, 15 Princeton Ave., N. Chelmsford, MA. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. For those that wish, memorials may be made in his memory to a favorite charity of one's choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com
Published in Lowell Sun on Nov. 16, 2009