Joe Wille

Joe Wille

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Joe Wille, 64, of Williams died Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home with loved ones near. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, August 16, 2019 at Foster Funeral & Cremation Center in Webster City, IA. A private burial will take place at a later time.

Joe Edward Wille, son of Byron and Evelyn (Challe) Wille, was born October 14,1954 in Webster City. He graduated from Northeast Hamilton in 1973. On November 19, 1988 Joe was united in marriage to Lori Stotser at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Over the years, Joe was a hard-working, dedicated man with a great work ethic. He worked in construction, worked at the Radcliffe-Williams Coop, Williams Locker, drove a semi for 25 years with 23 of those years being for Decker Truck Line, then worked for Hamilton County Secondary Roads as a maintainer operator for 12 years. He retired in October 2018. Retiring didn't stop him from continuing to "work" though. He hauled grain from time to time, mowed lawns, polished everything in his path, and of course found several projects to work on.

Joe was a drummer from an early age, being a member of several bands over the years. His latest and perhaps greatest drumming call-to-fame was with Johnny Radial and the Retreads. Drag racing was also a favorite pastime. After all, he didn't get the nickname "Gunner" out of thin air. If he wasn't driving his own hot rod, he was either crew chief, attending an NHRA race, or watching racing on TV. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a former volunteer firefighter for the Williams Fire Department. When reaching his voicemail greeting, you knew he was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, as he called himself "Hawkeye Joe."

He is survived by his wife, Lori of 30 years; daughter, Lindsey (Garett Burkhart) Wille of Stratford; grandson, Tach Burkhart; granddaughter, Little Miss Burkhart (due in December); mother, Evelyn Wille of Ames; sisters, Deborah Lancaster of Ames, Barbara (Mark) Lauthen of Marion; brother-in-law, Jeff (Janet) Stotser of Kingman, AZ; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Dan) Butler of Iowa Falls; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marcia (Jack) Huff of Webster City; mother-in-law, Betty Stotser of Marshalltown; many nieces/nephews, and great nieces/nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Byron Wille; father-in-law, Robert Stotser; and brother-in-law, Michael Stotser.

Joe's larger than life personalty did not go unnoticed and captured the hearts of many. He will be greatly missed.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Foster Funeral and Cremation Center
    800 Willson Ave
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
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Sandra Vedane

Posted at 10:05am
Lori and family, I am so so sorry about Joe's passing. Larger than life personality is so true that it seems impossible he is not around any more. Of all the tax clients I had over the years, Joe stood out as the most memorable because of his calling every year to say, "Hey, Sandy, when can we get together to (the program will not let me put this word in) the government?" (We got together, but we did NOT cheat) WE will miss you, Joe.

Karen Hoelscher Johnson

Posted at 11:34pm
During the last week of Joe’s life I stopped to see him a couple of times. We talked about the elementary school in Williams and his mom being our teacher. We went through confirmation, Sunday School, and Bible School together. He was always approachable with a kind word. You will be missed. Karen Hoelscher Johnson

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