He was born March 26, 1926 in Henderson to William and Sarah (Huebert) Friesen. He was baptized in 1943 by the Reverend A.W. Friesen. Willis and Lena Wall were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1946 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Three children, Bill, Krystie and Lori, were born to the union. Willis owned and operated Friesen IGA. He belonged to the Commercial Club in Henderson and the Lion’s Club. Willis enjoyed bowling, photography, and collecting model trucks. He was the unofficial “Sidewalk Superintendent.”
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 70 years, Lena of Henderson; son, Bill (Sue) Friesen of Lincoln; daughters, Krystie (Lonnie) Huebert of Lincoln and Lori (Berdon) Friesen of Henderson; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Willis is preceded in death by his parents William “Barber Bill” and Sara Friesen.
Graveside services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the Bethesda Cemetery in Henderson. Memorial services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary in Henderson with the family present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Bethesda Mennonite Church or the Henderson Care Center.