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Daniel Aloysius Will, 68, of Allendale passed away suddenly Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his residence.
He was born Friday, Dec. 17, 1948, in Effingham, the oldest of eight children of Edwin Hugo and Luella Gertrude (Probst) Will. On Wednesday, June 21, 1972, he married the love of his life, Janet Louise Rauch in Wendelin.
Dan was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He and Janet started their life in Mt. Carmel where he worked as a mechanic for G & H Machine. He retired from Mt. Carmel Stabilization in 2016 after 42 years. He honorably served his country in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion.
Dan's favorite pastime was restoring old tractors. He was a member of Gibson County Antique Club. He worked on all kinds of tractors. He had been accused of trying to save them all; his favorites were the International tractors. He enjoyed going to auctions and car and tractor shows.
His grandchildren were very special to him, he adored discovering each of their special talents. He loved it when they said "Grampa, let's go for a tractor ride."
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Janet; children Danielle (Adam) Rahman of Edwardsville, and Nicholas (Jenna) of Newburgh, IN; brothers, Maurice (Lynn) Will of Newton, Allen (Joanne) Will of Toledo, Paul (Terry) Will, Roy (Yvonne) Will, Carl (Becky) Will, all of Newton; sisters, Janice (Chris) Wagy of Robinson, Jeanne (Jon) Bourquin of Apple River; and five grandchildren, Ava and Noah Rahman and Rilee, Addison and Sophia Will.
Preceding him in death were his parents and mother-in-law.
Visitation for family and friends with a parish rosary was at St. Mary Catholic Church on Friday, March 31, 2017. Celebration of Life for Dan was Saturday, April 1. Burial is in Allendale Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to NephCure, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer Association or St. Mary School and may be mailed to Short-Cunningham Funeral Homes, 527 N Mulberry St., Mt. Carmel, IL 62863. Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com.
Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Dan's family.
Published on April 11, 2017
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