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Willard V. Pfuhl

November 24, 1931 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 88)


Willard V. Pfuhl, age 88 years recently of Waterford, WI and formerly of Sparta, WI passed away on 06/12/2020 at his home.

Willard was born in Norwalk, WI on 11/24/1931 to Christian and Esther (Trachsel) Pfuhl. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1950. Willard served his nation through the Army in Korea, serving in the Red Dragon Mortar Battalion from 1951 to 1953. Willard married Linda L. Terpstra on 04/29/1961 and they recently celebrated their 59th anniversary. Willard and Linda lived in Wilton, WI in the early years of marriage, and moved to Sparta, WI in 1963. They resided in various locations in Sparta until August of 2019 when they moved to Southeast WI to be closer to family.

Willard spent much of his adult life driving millions of miles hauling milk, cattle, lumber, gasoline, and fuel oil. He always told his family that he backed up more miles than any of them drove going forward. That was probably true. After retiring from driving truck in 1993, he spent many days volunteering with the Sparta Boys and Girls Clubs, volunteering at the Sparta United Methodist Church, picking up vehicles from the Milwaukee car auction for Wehrs Chevrolet in Bangor, or going to Iowa to pick up Featherlight horse or cattle trailers.

When not driving or volunteering he was spending time with family. Willard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Linda, a daughter Lori (Kris Kirchner), a grandson Gavin (Kelly)Kirchner and a granddaughter Olivia (Keith) Ginn as well as two precious great-grandsons August and Otto. Eleanor Stangler of Minnesota is a surviving sister.

Willard was preceded in death by both parents, and 4 siblings -Ralph, Kenneth, Floyd, and Myrtle (Guy Smith).

At this time, no specific plans for services are made due to the current pandemic restrictions. Willard will be laid to rest at the Union Grove, WI Veteran’s Administration Cemetery with a Military Honors ceremony when services are again allowed.  

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