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Les F Willems
Oct. 25, 1949 - Apr. 14, 2020
Brillion, WI
Funeral Visitation:
Sunday, Apr. 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Les F Willems
Brillion, WI

Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More has been issued for the State of Wisconsin.  
This does effect how we will be conducting our funerals both in the funeral home and at churches.  
On behalf of the family and Wieting Family Funeral Home we are sorry for any inconvenience.


Les Willems, age 70, of Brillion, died on April 14, 2020, at Thedacare Medical Center in Appleton. He was born October 25, 1949, son of the late John and Waunita Willems.

Les served in the United States Army and fought bravely in the Vietnam War. He was a medic and his friends called him “Doc.” One of his most memorable experiences was taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2019 to see the Vietnam Memorial. He always looked forward to going to Madison every Thanksgiving to serve food to the veterans. 

Les enjoyed getting out of the house, whether it was to go for a ride or spend some time outdoors fishing. He loved his time up north with Dan and Linda Loewe. He liked going to the casino with his aunt, Rosie, rides with his friend, Joe Gerhartz, to pick up steel, and going to auctions twice a year with his brother, Bob. He always listened to sports talk radio which drove Bob crazy when he had to take Les to the VA clinic in Milwaukee. Les was also interested in grilling and cooking which led him to try new recipes whenever he had the chance. He looked forward to making sauerkraut and grinding horseradish every year.

Les is survived by his siblings: Robert “Bob” (Diane) Willems, Mary (Bruce) Pelkey, and Mark (Debbie) Willems; nieces and nephews: Roseanne Smith, Bill (Ashley) Smith, Chad Willems, Shaun (Amanda) Willems, Justin Willems, Katie (Michael) Ansardy, Erin (Tony) Spencer, Jeremy (Laura) Willems, Joshua (Bryanna) Willems, and Julie Willems; aunt: Rosemary Satzer; and a sister-in-law: Diane Johnson.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, John and Waunita; siblings: Anita (Jack) Smith and John Willems, Jr.

Friends may call from 1:00pm until 2:45pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. The family has planned a private service.

I saw this soldier kneeling down
For this was the first quiet place he had found
He had traveled in jungles of rivers and mud
Had tasted and shed his own blood
His hands were scarred and toil worn,
He had fought for days from night to morn
He clasped his hands as he looked at the sky
I saw the tears as they welled in his eyes
He spoke to God and here’s what he said
God bless my buddies that now lay dead
I do not know what you have in mind
But when you judge please be kind
When they come before you
They’ll be poorly dressed
But they’ll walk proudly for they did their best
Their boots will be muddy and their clothes torn,
But these are clothes they have proudly worn
Their faces will be unshaven
And stained with blood
Their lips will be cracked and caked with mud
Their hearts will be still and cold inside
But they fought like hell and did so with pride
So please take care of them as they pass your way
The price of freedom they have already paid
This one thing I ask of you
Bless and keep them in your heavenly hall of fame.
My sympathy to the Willems family. Les was a good friend, we took behind the wheel driver's Ed together and enjoyed a lot of laughs through that. And in the later years we always connected at the VA Clinic. RIP my friend.

Marcia Weber (Friend and classmate) - Apr. 18, 2020


I am always sad to see old friends from our high school days pass on. I always remember Les being a kind and thoughtful friend. Heaven has gained a medic. Enjoy the light.

Dennis Hemauer (High School Classmate) - Apr. 17, 2020


My heartfelt love and sympathy to all the family. Les was "one of the good guys". He had a good sense of humor and was a person one was glad to know. May he rest in peace.
Pat (Winkler) Van Den Heuvel

Pat Van Den Heuvel (friend and classmate) - Apr. 17, 2020


We are very sorry for your loss. Les was Art’s classmate and a great guy.

Ginger & Art Woelfel (Friends) - Apr. 16, 2020


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