Willie Frank Funfar, 92, Myrtle

Published 9:37 am Friday, October 26, 2012

Funeral services for Willie Frank Funfar, age 92, of Myrtle will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Deb Miller will officiate. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Myrtle. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Willie died on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the Nora Springs Care Center, Nora Springs, Iowa.

Willie Funfar

Willie Frank Funfar was born to Frank and Mary (Chrs) Funfar on Jan. 30, 1920, on the farm his family purchased in 1903, just west of Myrtle. He lived there all except the last three years of his life, farming the land, milking cows and raising his family. He attended Baron School, District No. 100, located just half a mile north of the farm, through the eighth grade. On Sept. 23, 1943, he married the love of his life, Adriana Wildeman, in the Methodist Church in Austin. Willie was a member of the United Methodist Church of Glenville and a lifelong member of the ZCBJ Lodge near Myrtle. Willie bought a dump truck and started a trucking business in the early 1970s. He operated that business about 20 years. Willie enjoyed woodworking especially fancy scrollwork, going camping at Pike’s Peak, having coffee and doughnuts with his friends and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Willie loved music throughout his life. He will be missed for his storytelling and his mischievous sense of humor. Blessed be his memory.

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Survivors include his daughters Margaret (Glenn) Nielsen of McFarland, Wis., and Judi Funfar of Charles City, Iowa; grandchildren Jennifer (Matt) Snow, Dan Nielsen, Stephen Nielsen, Heather (Chad) LaPolice, and Aaron (Cindy) Mason; great-grandchildren Luke and Arie Snow, Derek and Dylan LaPolice, and Adric and Elyse mason; as well as “sister” Phyllis Helgerson of Rose Creek.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Adriana, and his granddaughter Heide Mason.