William E. Will passed away in his home on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the age of 82 years and 2 months. He was surrounded by his family. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Morrison Christian Church with Rev. Roy Fleshman officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Sumner. Services are under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home.
Bill was born on July 4, 1933 in Morrison, Oklahoma. He was the third of four sons of George and Adella Will. He went to primary school at Oak Grove and continued his high school education at Sumner, where he graduated in 1951. He married his classmate and best friend, Marie Hansen on August 18, 1954. They recently celebrated their 61 anniversary.
Following his graduation, he began working as a rough neck for Harry "Pinky" Flavell. He did this until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1954. He completed Basic Training in Ft. Bliss, Texas and was stationed in Mannheim, Germany from November 1954 until June 1956.
Following his service, he began working for Jones and Pellow Oil Company, later United Drilling Company, as a derrick hand. He became a Driller in March 1957 and a Tool Pusher in 1966. Due to a shortage in rigs, he built rigs for the company, completing 5 rigs in Oklahoma and Texas. He stayed with United Drilling Company as a Drilling Superintendent, until the company sold in 1992. In 1994, he began to work for Chesapeake Energy Corp. as a Drilling Consultant. He retired on June 19, 2007 after 56 years in the oil field.
Bill and Marie spent the early years of their marriage moving with the oil field. In 1964, they purchased a home in Oklahoma City prior to the birth of their son, Doug. They remained in Oklahoma City through the birth of their daughter, Billie, but moved "home" to Morrison in 1968, after purchasing the farm from his grandparents. They have continued to live in this home.
During his career, he also farmed and ranched with his wife and children. He had a gift of understanding how machinery worked and enjoyed fixing problems. He spent his retirement years in a combine or tractor and loved every minute of it.
Bill thoroughly enjoyed watching his children grow up and was very supportive of their activities. He would drive across the state in order to make it to their ballgames on time. He loved all sports, but none better than the ones his kids competed in. Bill found true happiness in the birth of each of his grandchildren. Grandson Eric was often seen "helping his Papa" with farm machinery, even when he was sound asleep on the floor. Jenna and Abbey brought out the protective side of their Papa, but he expected them to be strong and resilient young women. Will has been the little spark that keeps everyone on their toes. Each grandchild brought unique happiness into Bill's life and he enjoyed every moment.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; son, Doug and his wife Tina; daughter, Billie and her husband Bryan; grandson, Eric Will and his wife Heather; granddaughters, Jenna Will and Abbey Chrz and grandson, Will Chrz. He is also survived by his special grandchildren, Amy Harman and her husband Aaron of Broken Arrow; Ally McGinnis and her husband Ben of Tulsa and Jarrett Chrz of Tulsa. He was survived brothers, Earl Dee Will of Bellevue, Washington; Eldon Will and his wife Nedra of Morrison; and sister-in-law, Donnella Will of Roswell, Georgia. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Kenneth Will.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association or Morrison Community Development Association.