June 10, 2020 — Duane C. Wills, born Nov. 27, 1946, passed away June 2, 2020.
It is very difficult to put into words just how extraordinary this man was.
He never met anyone who he couldn’t strike up an immediate conversation with, leaving someone — usually his wife — wondering what the hell was taking him so long in the store.
Duane had an enormous love of adventure. We’re pretty sure if there was an unknown path anywhere in the country, he found it — and we were almost always fortunate to be on that journey with him.
His adventures took us to every state and several countries. He was particularly fond of Alaska. His job took him there pretty often.
We are convinced that many of his meetings could have taken place via video or phone, but he would say “Nope, gotta be there in person.”
That 10 minute meeting would usually take him a week and he would come back with hundreds of photos; he loved taking photos of absolutely everything and everyone.
Duane created countless memories for us to cherish forever. He took a picture of a particular rock in Denali while on an adventure in Alaska with his grandson, Dylan, and told him he wanted some of his ashes spread there.
It looks like we will be planning a trip in the spring to find this rock, in a 6-million-acre park, risking life and limb in the presence of who knows what type of lurking wildlife.
Duane loved his family so very much. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for us.
Pop was there in no time.
He truly was amazing and we can’t wait for the day that he meets us, wherever that is.
Duane is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Janet; his daughter April Wills Harris; son-in-law Casey Harris; grandsons Dylan Wills and Casey Jr.; granddaughter Cheyenne Harris; brothers Monte Wills and Dean Wills; sister-in-law Mary Henry; many nieces, including Janette Henry, Rhonda Killmer and Angela Holden, who he loved dearly; many nephews and countless friends, including Caren and Don Rogers.
We know that Pop is looking for his new adventure.
Whatcha doing up there Pop? In his words, “Livin’ the dream.”
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.