Mr. Theodore "Ted" Willner, 92, resident of Ninety Six, S.C., husband of Doris Gavin Willner, died Friday Sept. 21, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.
Born Feb. 11, 1921, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of the late George Leonard and Anna Marie Stewart Willner. He made his home in Ninety Six, S.C., after moving from Fairbanks in 1980.
Mr. Willner was a World War II
veteran having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army
during the battle for Iwo Jima. He was a respected businessman and avid horseman, rancher and farmer.
An original Alaska pioneer, Mr. Willner moved his family to Fairbanks in 1958 from Monroe, Wash. He was a successful consignee and distributor for Texaco and owner of Willner's Fuel Distributorship and Willner Sport's Sales. He also was an active partner in MTF Inc. and 3 G's Corp. Mr. Willner was known for his tremendous work ethic, sense of humor, personal integrity and focused perseverance. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Willner was preceded in death by Zena Gavin and a sister, Leatrice "Elaine" Arnsparger, of Desmoines, Wash.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 34 years; sister, Patricia Laverne Rademacher, of Desmoines, Wash.; two sons, Steven Leonard "Steve" (Kathy and her children); Willner, of Ninety Six, S.C.; Brian Theodore (Diane) Willner, also of Ninety Six, S.C.; and daughter, Connie Jean (Todd) Heyworth, of Anchorage; along with Gail (Carl) Holzmueller, of Anchorage; and Zail (Lucy) Gavin, of Greensboro, N.C.; six grandchildren, Dawn Anderson, James Fogg, Jr., Brent Willner, Shelley Willner, Ryan Holznueller, and Tucker Gavin McCravy; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; very special family friend, Pacita "Pat" Helm; and dear in-laws, William F. 'Billy" (Bobbi Lea) Bush, of Fairbanks, and Robert L. "Bobby" (Francine) Bush, of Anchorage, and Rex (Bonnie) Gavin, of Fairbanks, as well as his former wife, Vicky Schwartz, of Roseburg, Oregon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday at the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Michael "Mike" Linkins officiating. Entombment will follow at Oakbrook Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Brian Willner, Steve Willner, Zail Gavin, Tucker Gavin McCravy, Adam Edwards and Chaplin Mike Linkins.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to his wonderful caregivers, Adam Edwards and Lisa Cooper, from Always Best Care of Greenwood along with ARK Hospice and his trusted Neurologist, Burton L. Scott, M.D., Ph.D. of Duke University Movement Disorder Clinic.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Willner family.