Rodney Richard Wills Sr.

GLADSTONE, Mich. — Rodney Richard Wills Sr, 71, of 574 N. 14th St., Gladstone, Mich., passed away Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2017, at home following a lengthy illness.

Rodney was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Marquette, Mich., the son of Robert and Cleo (Akerley) Wills. Rodney was raised in Gwinn and later Escanaba where he attended Escanaba Public Schools.

Rodney was united in marriage to the former Wanda Robinson on July 3, 1965. They resided in Two Rivers, Wis., for two years before returning to Gladstone where they raised their three children. Rodney worked for Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba before its closure and later did construction work for many years. He later owned and operated his own auto repair shop out of his garage. For several years he also owned and operated the Ice Cream Truck in Gladstone.

Rodney loved to spend time at camp with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a “Jack of all trades” for his fixing abilities of plumbing, electrical or mechanical repair. He will be sadly missed.

In addition to his wife, Wanda, survivors include: children, Rodney (Ashley) Wills Jr. of Ford River, Mich., Cleo (Jeramie) Williams of Manistique, Mich., Catherine (Heath) Hagler of Nampa, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Robert (Kathleen) Wills of Peshtigo, Wis., Ed (Gina) Kidd of Escanaba, Mich., Jack (Sally) Kidd of Escanaba, Linda Kidd of Escanaba.

Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to his parents, his sister, Janice Kidd preceded Rodney in death.

According to Rodney’s wishes, no visitation or funeral services will be held. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Wills family. Please visit where you can express your sympathy to the family.