Willis Mulder, 91, of Waupun, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 18, 2016.
Willis was born April 12, 1924, in Alto, the son of Albert and Jennie (Navis) Mulder. On June 25, 1948, he married Ramona DeVries in Waupun. Following their marriage, the couple resided in Waupun all of their married life. God blessed them with 65 years of faithful love and companionship. He also gifted them with six children, 24 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Willis was a devoted husband and father who found great joy in his family and being involved in the activities of his grandchildren.
Willis was a faithful member of Grace United Reformed Church in Waupun where he was blessed by the worship services, Bible studies, and fellowship of a very caring church family. During his life, he served 14 years in church leadership. He also served for many years on the Christian school board.
At the age of 20, Willis began his life’s occupation as a carpenter and found delight in fixing things. He was an excellent craftsman who used his gifts in many ways to bless God’s people. He enjoyed the special privilege of designing and building the sanctuary furniture for Grace URC. He loved to read, study God’s Word, and experience the beauties of His creation.
In January, 2013, Willis moved with his wife to Prairie Ridge Assisted Living. The family would like to thank the staff at Prairie Ridge and Agnesian Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.
Willis is survived by two daughters, Faye (Ronald) Scheuers of Ontario, California and Amy (Lawrence) Van Den Berg of Waupun; three sons, Daniel (Phyllis) of Waukesha, Phillip (Sharon) of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Joseph (Sandra) of Delavan; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Mulder of Waupun; one brother, Harold (Gert) Mulder and one sister, Julia Broadway; sisters-in-law, Georgene Mulder, Joan Mulder and brother-in-law, Frank DeJager all of Waupun. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ramona, his son Steven, and three sisters; Marian Sanders, Christina TerBeest, Catherine DeJager and three brothers; Alvin, Junior and Albertus.
God blessed Willis with a long life and with family and friends who loved him and were touched by his kind, gentle and gracious spirit. We thank our Lord for His many blessings and faithfulness throughout his life.
Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Funeral services for Willis Mulder will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Talman Wagenmaker officiating.
Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.