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Leo Will

June 15, 1937 — January 17, 2023

Leo Will

Leo Sylvester Will, of Evansville and formerly of Equality, Illinois, passed
away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at his home in Evansville. Leo was born
in Newburgh, IN on June 15, 1937, the son of the late Henry Sylvester and
Pauline Esther (Wilsbacher) Will.

Leo was a farmer in the Equality, Illinois area for 40 years until his
retirement in 1998. He married Mary Ellen Olinger on November 7, 1964.
Leo served his country in the National Guard in the 1960’s and was a lifelong
member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1581. He was recipient of the
Simon Bruté award in 2014 for exemplary stewardship as a member of Good
Shepherd Catholic Church in Evansville. Leo was an avid Notre Dame
Fighting Irish and St Louis Cardinal Baseball fan.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Ellen; one son, Eric (Alice)
Will; two daughters, Dianne Thomas and Julie (Todd) Yunker, all of
Evansville; nine grandchildren, Annelise (Kyle) Koewler, Nicholas (Hannah)
Will, Elizabeth (Grant) Walker, John Paul (Maria) Thomas, Beth, Sean and
Lynn Thomas, Kara and Bradley Yunker; two great-grandchildren, Lorraine
Christine Thomas and soon-to-arrive, Beckham Leo Will; seven siblings,
Ramon, Donnie, Cyril, Marvin, Judy Vogler, Elaine Pokorney and Mike.
In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by four siblings, Martha
Schnur, Edward, Sister Theresine (Mary Rose) and Robert.
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2023 at
Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville with a
Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:00 a.m. to
9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church,
2301 Stockwell Rd., Evansville where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at
9:00 a.m. with Father Ted Tempel officiating.

Entombment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 2111 Stringtown
Road, Evansville, IN 47711 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.

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