Richard Allen Will

Richard Allen Will

July 10, 1943 – January 10, 2024

Richard Allen Will originally from Schuyler, Nebraska, died peacefully on January 10, 2024, at age 80 with his family by his side.  Born July 10, 1943, in Columbus, Nebraska to Alfred and Margueritte (Welch) Will.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Mina Marie (Pickhinke) Will and his older sister, Beverly Coufal.

Richard grew up in Schuyler, Nebraska and graduated from Schuyler Central High School in 1961.  He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and proudly served our country for three years and was honorably discharged in 1964.  He was assigned to the USS Pollux AKS-4 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.

He married the love of his life, the former, Mina Marie Pickhinke on June 5, 1965.  Richard and Mina had 58 wonderful years of life together full of kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, love, and blessings.  They loved to travel the country together on vacation and to visit family and friends. He worked for his father at Alfred Will & Son Sand and Gravel, later becoming the owner of Will Sand & Gravel for 35 years.  He was a dedicated worker, often working 10–12-hour days to provide and ensure the needs of his family.  He was also active in the community by becoming an assistant Fire Chief in the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department.  Richard moved to Omaha in 1996 and began working for Boys Town, later working for Methodist Hospital where he retired in 2007.

Richard loved cars, cowboy westerns and sitting on his patio drinking coffee with his cat, Jack.  He was a diehard Green Bay Packer and Nebraska Huskers football fan.  Richard was a devoted family man, who enjoyed spending time with his three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Richard had three children:  Dean (Jacki) Will of Virginia Beach, VA, Darren (April) Will of Omaha, NE, and Suzanne (Bryan) Jorgensen of Omaha, NE.  He had 6 grandchildren:  Michael (Taylor) Will of Norfolk, VA, Allyson Will of New York, NY, Bromleigh Will of Omaha, NE, Matthew, Zachary and Owen Jorgensen of Omaha, NE.  And three great-grandchildren: Carter and Camdyn Will of Norfolk, VA and Beckett Dean of Omaha, NE.

Richard was very proud of his Navy Service to our country, and it can be best summed up by the immortal words from our 35th President – John F. Kennedy: “I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.  When asked what I am most proud of, I stick out my chest, hold my head high and state proudly, ‘I served in the United States Navy!’”

A final goodbye from his granddaughter Bromleigh:  Heaven gained the most stubborn but loving angel.  Grandpa would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him to.  He is so loved and missed already, but I know his cat Jack was up there waiting for him with a cup of coffee so they could sit on the patio and share like they did every morning down here.  The world definitely won’t be the same and there will always be the feeling that something is missing.  But I know you will be waiting for us when its time.  I love you so much grandpa.  Please watch over Beckett and all of us to keep us safe and tell us when we are about to do something dumb like I know you will.  Don’t give God too much grief while you wait for us, we will see you soon.  I love you!

Services:  Richard was cremated and will be interred at the Omaha National Veterans Cemetery this Spring with full military honors. He will also be receiving a burial at sea with full military honors coordinated by his grandson Lieutenant Michael Will.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Schuyler Veterans memorial:

Website:  www.colfaxcovetmem.com

Address:  American Legion Post 47

PO Box 47

Schuyler, NE  68661

 

38 Comments

  • Jerry Jorgensen Posted January 13, 2024 6:36 pm

    So sorry for your loss

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:18 pm

      thank you

  • Nancy Spencer Posted January 14, 2024 6:20 am

    What a beautiful memorial! Sending lots of prayers and thoughts to your entire family.

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:20 pm

      thank you

  • Janell (Sobota) Street Posted January 14, 2024 8:07 am

    My condolences to all of the family. Goodbye Uncle Dick, my Godfather. I don’t have a lot of memories of extended family. But the memories I do have,you and Aunt Mina are in them. May you rest in peace.

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:20 pm

      thank you

  • Judy Wimmer Posted January 14, 2024 12:10 pm

    So very sorry for your loss of a truly wonderful person.

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:20 pm

      thank you

  • Randy, Michelle, Taylor & Sky Woods Posted January 14, 2024 12:36 pm

    We are devestated to hear about Dick. We were all planning to go to the service, but see it is in the Spring and in Omaha National Cem. where my dad is buried. If is not just family, please let us know and we will be there. Mina-we are close by if u need it. I cried when Randy told me and he said we are going to the service because he is like family. He was like a father figure to Randy for all of these yrs since being neighbors. He let him borrow tools. and ladders til we got our own. He was so funny and we got a kick out of him mowing in his matching shirt. We are SO sorry for your loss and praying still for all,

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:20 pm

      thank you

  • Randy, Michelle, Taylor & Sky Woods Posted January 14, 2024 12:39 pm

    SO sorry for your loss! If it is for others and not only fam. in Spring, let us know and we will be there. He is like family to us. He will be missed SO much for his unique spirit! Praying for u all during this difficult time.

  • Randy, Michelle, Taylor & Sky Woods Posted January 14, 2024 12:40 pm

    So sorry for this loss. Please let us know when service will be if not only for family. Praying for u all!

  • Jacob and Debbie Or-Bach Posted January 14, 2024 2:07 pm

    Please accept our sincerest sympathies on the loss of your dad. Sending lots of prayers and thoughts to the entire family. His memorial definitely reflected his special place he holds in your hearts. ❤️ Debbie and Jacob

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:21 pm

      thank you

  • Luisa Chacon Posted January 14, 2024 4:35 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. May God ease this painful period for the family!

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:22 pm

      thank you

  • Deb and Dave Ludwick Posted January 14, 2024 5:42 pm

    Our sincerest sympathy upon your loss! May you feel the love and care from your friends and family in the coming days to ease your pain.

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:22 pm

      thank you

  • Joe Wargo Posted January 15, 2024 11:18 am

    Dean, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. It’s tough to lose a parent. He had a life well lived . May he rest in peace.

    • Mina Will Posted January 15, 2024 2:21 pm

      thank you

  • The Janousek Family Posted January 15, 2024 4:13 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Michelle, Todd, Jill, Jolene, and Kurt Janousek

    • Mina Will Posted January 16, 2024 8:43 am

      Thank you

  • Stan and Dolores Schnell Posted January 15, 2024 4:23 pm

    Dean and Family,
    stan and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad! Please extend our condolences to your Mom and family. God Bless your Dad and May he rest in peace! Love, Stan and Dolores

    • Mina Will Posted January 18, 2024 10:48 am

      thank you

  • Stan and Dolores Schnell Posted January 15, 2024 4:46 pm

    Dean and Family, Dolores and I are sorry to hear of your Dads passing. We always enjoyed socializing with your Mom and Dad when they visited you and Jacki. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    • Mina Will Posted January 16, 2024 8:43 am

      thank you

  • Barb Thompson Posted January 16, 2024 9:49 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. So many great memories. Hugs and prayers to all.❤️
    Barb and Duane

    • Mina Will Posted January 18, 2024 10:48 am

      thank you

  • Keith Janousek family Posted January 16, 2024 2:00 pm

    Condolences and many prayers. I always enjoyed having a conversation with my Uncle. He will be missed.

    • Mina Will Posted January 18, 2024 10:49 am

      thank you

  • Ed and Nita Davis Posted January 16, 2024 3:35 pm

    Sorry to hear about your dad.

    • Mina Will Posted January 18, 2024 10:49 am

      thank you

  • DeWayne Kracl Posted January 17, 2024 7:28 am

    Not only was Dick a customer, he was a friend. Dick would always stop at the shop for a visit. No matter what I was doing I stopped working to visit. Will miss the visit, will cherrish the ones from the past. Sending condolences to the whole Will Family.

    • Mina Will Posted January 18, 2024 10:49 am

      thank you

  • William & Leann Crowe Posted January 20, 2024 4:11 pm

    Words can’t express our heartfelt sorrow. May you be touched by the healing power of prayer, feel the warmth and comfort of those around you, knowing that you are loved so very much. Leann, Bill, Randi & Asher

    • Mina Will Posted January 22, 2024 9:06 am

      thank you

  • Leann, Bill, Randi, and Asher Crowe Posted January 20, 2024 4:15 pm

    Words can’t express our heartfelt sorrow. May you be touched by the healing power of prayer, feel the warmth and comfort of those around you, knowing that you are loved so very much. Leann, Bill, Randi & Asher

    • Mina Will Posted January 22, 2024 9:07 am

      thank you

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *