Victor Tovey Willems
October 18, 1926-September 15, 2022
Victor was a hero, an adventurer, a rebel, a wanderer, and a very remarkable man. He lived a life of integrity, valor and generosity.
Born to Isaac C. and Anna W. Thiessen Willems, he was raised on the farm west of Inman that had been in the family since their migration from the Ukraine. He accepted the Lord Jesus as his savior and was baptized in lake Inman during his teenage years. He married the love of his life, Josephine Elda Goertzen on April 28, 1951, at Zoar Mennonite Brethren church.
Although his church did not condone war, Vic stepped up to his duty to his country during the Korean war as a Combat Engineer. He served in both the 45th Division, 120th Combat Battalion, Company B and the US 8th Army, 9th Corps, 194th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company B Heavy Equipment Section, returning to the states as a Sergeant.
Upon his return, he worked for Cessna, Collins Industries, Braun/Canadian Hydraulics/Ricon but spent a great amount of time travelling the world. He set foot on all 50 states and 31 countries in his lifetime and loved sharing his travels with friends and family.
He was a member of the Town Club, Civitan, and the American Legion, active in his local church and supported many Missions overseas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Josephine, his sister DeLoris and granddaughter Abby.
He leaves behind his son Timothy (Deborah) Hutchinson, grandchildren Brittany (Tyler) Lawrence Hutchinson, Brianna (Tyler) Augustine Gypsum, Shelby (Dylan) Trammell Hutchinson and Trevor Willems Hutchinson, and 9 great-grandchildren who will miss his smile, his love and his stories.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Thursday, September 22, 2022 with family present at Inman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, September 23, 2022 at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church. Services will be live-streamed on the Inman Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow at the Zoar Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Homecare of Reno County or Kansas Honor Flight, both in care of the funeral home. To leave a condolence for the family, visit: www.inmanfh.com.