|Dr. Alfred J. Willett, 92|
|Written by TRF Times|
Middle River - Dr. Alfred J. Willett, 92, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at his home in Middle River.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 10 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Pastor David Fish officiating. Casket bearers included Brent Eva, Shannon Herlinger, Eric Olson, Uriah Horst, Dylan and Dustin Eva, Easton and Eizen Olson, Lyzette Olson, Rhianne Horst, Layci Olson and Mia Eva. Military honors were proivded by the Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW, Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Strathcona.
Alfred James Willett, Jr. was born on Feb. 3, 1920 in Waterbury, Conn., to Alfred J. and Helen (Petteys) Willett. He was baptized in the Seventh-Day Adventist Faith. He attended elementary and graduated high school in Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Alfred served his country during World War II in the US Army Air Corp beginning in 1941. He was stationed in Ireland, England, France, Africa, and Italy. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945. In 1950, he attended Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Ind., and received his Doctor of Chiropractics in 1954.
He was married to Dorothy Davis in Ballston Spa, N.Y., on Oct. 28, 1945 and to this union two daughters were born. He worked for many years as a chiropractor in Glens Falls, N.Y., retiring in 1987. He continued caring for people and giving seminars, even after retiring from the office. Due to declining health, he moved to Middle River, three years ago to live with his daughter Sheri and her husband Russ.
Al never lost his love of airplanes following the military. He received his private pilot’s license in the 50s. Al loved flying, and flew his own Cessna 150. He was a fair weather pilot. He enjoyed golfing and belonged to the Kiwanis Club while living in NY. He also had compassion for nature and animals. He loved watching the chipmunks and recently fed one out of his hand. The sunshine and bird watching were also comforting to Al.
Alfred is survived by two daughters: Sheri (Russ) Eva, Middle River, and Lynda Herlinger, Martinsburg, W.Va., seven grandchildren: Brent (Jeannie) Eva, Blossburg, Pa., Eran (MarySue) Eva, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Lyzette (Eric) Olson, Strathcona, Sgt. Derich Herlinger, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany, Peregrine Herlinger, Frostburg, Md., Rhianne (Uriah) Horst, Martinsburg, W.Va., Shannon Herlinger, Martinsburg, W.Va.; 10 great-grandchildren: Dylan, Dustin, and Mia Eva, Craig Llewellyn, Heath, Lexus, and Gauge Eva, Easton, Layci, and Eizen Olson; one great-great-grandchild, Hannah Rose Llewellyn; one brother, Stanley Willett, Parma, Ohio; the mother of his daughters, Dorothy Willett; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Vera Sojka.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com. A00003B2012AG15