Will, 78, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his home in Gramercy Park.
Wilbur L. "Will" Wakefield was born April 14, 1936, in Herman, Neb., to Warren and Marjorie Wakefield. Will finished eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse as the only student in his class. He participated in many 4-H and FFA activities. He graduated from Blair High School; earned a B.S. in agriculture and taught vocational agriculture at Grand Island, Neb. He was principal of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. Will completed a masters and doctorate degree in educational administration at the University of Nebraska. He then moved to Rochester as part of the University of Minnesota
to start the Consortium, which became the University of Minnesota-Rochester.
Will enjoyed the outdoors, all sports, fishing and hunting and especially his two granddaughters, Sarah and Nicole Seymour.
Will is survived by his wife, Diana; his daughter, Lisa (Steve) Seymour of Rochester; and son, Scott of Washkish; grandchildren, Sarah and Nicole Seymour; his sister-in-law, Pat Wakefield; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother, Leslie Wakefield.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Seasons Hospice are suggested.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com