Will Remus, age 84 of Bradford, died unexpectedly on October 19, 2020 at Cambridge Medical Center. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Long Lake Community Cemetery, 3921 277th Ave NW, Isanti, MN 55040 with a lunch to follow at Long Lake Lutheran Church. Military Honors will be provided by the Isanti VFW.
A visitation was held from 4 – 8 PM Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at Strike Life Tributes in Isanti. The funeral service was held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Long Lake Lutheran Church in rural Isanti with a visitation also one hour prior to the service at the church.
William Arthur Remus was born to Arthur and Helen Remus in Sleepy Eye, MN on June 17, 1936 and passed away on October 19, 2020 at the age of 84 years young. At 13 his family moved to Elm Haven Resort on Rush Lake in Ottertail, MN. He first attended high school in Perham and then in New York Mills, MN. In school he enjoyed track, football, and rollerskating. His senior year he was New York Mills’s first Homecoming King and graduated high school in the class of 1954.
Will enlisted in the Navy on September 16, 1954. He attended the Navy school in San Diego, CA where he studied navigation, visual communications, charts publication and instruments. He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Colahan, a destroyer attached to the Pacific Fleet during the Korean War. His service took him to Japan, China, Honolulu, Okinawa, and the Philippine Islands. Will received several medals and was proud to serve his country. He made it a point to warmly greet every Vet he encountered as he thanked them for their service.
William was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. He took great joy in serving his church family at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti, MN. Whether he was making coffee early in the morning, teaching confirmation, ushering, serving on the council, supporting the softball team, singing with the choir, or taking part in prayer group or grief share, he loved serving Christ’s church. He also enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, sitting by a campfire drinking coffee, and doing yard work.
Will took great joy in being the biggest fan for all of his kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews as well as children at church. He went to as many activities as possible to cheer them on, and could always be heard giving an encouraging word. Will is going to be deeply missed by his sister Grace, his 5 children, Suzzanne (Kent) (MN), Sonya (Mark) (SD), Erik (Stephanie) (NE), Gerad (Katrina) (MN), Trisha (Danny) (IL) ,14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews who were very special to him. But, he will be welcomed into heaven by his wife Nelda, his parents Helen and Arthur and his sisters Mary, Esther and Stella.
We will always carry his memory in our hearts and look forward to the time when we will be together again. And with Will’s famous words, “God bless, later.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”