Willard Edwin Pfaff
Tue, 09/29/2020 - 12:34pm caleb
Willard Edwin Pfaff, 87, of Grayling, passed away on September 21, 2020.
He was born on November 27, 1932 in Alpena, Michigan to the late Bruno and Josephine (Sines) Pfaff. Willard was married to the former Phyllis Marie Babcock for 57 years before she preceded him in death in 2018.
He served in the US Army. Willard was retired from the State of Michigan, for which he worked for what he liked to call the "House of Flavors," the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. For 25 years Willard was also the "paper man" for the Grayling area delivering Detroit News and Free Press. He was known throughout the community for his easy going sense of humor.
Never afraid of a little bit of work, throughout his life, Willard enjoyed woodworking, doing home improvement projects, and up until several years prior to her death, happily working on his wife, Phyllis's family farm. For leisure, he enjoyed the fellowship and gatherings of a large family, always the good food that came with it. But most of all, he loved, and in later years, missed attending the square dances with Phyllis. These dances held a special place in their hearts, because they first met at one of these dances so many years ago.
Willard will be greatly missed by his children, Todd (Cindy) Pfaff of Rapid City, South Dakota and Lori (Marvin Gregory) Pfaff of Frederic. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jessica Pfaff Nash (Bob) of Rapid City, South Dakota and Blake Gregory of Utica, and two great-grand daughters, Ryli and Emma. He also leaves behind an extensive extended family of in-laws, and nieces and nephews on both the Pfaff and Babcock sides of his family. "Uncle Willie" was always a favorite to many of the kids. Preceded in death by wife Phyllis; his six sisters, Dortha, Florence, Nioma, Verna, Marjoria and Lavon (Bonnie) as well as two brothers, Gilbert and Wayne.
Visitation and services were held September 25-26 at Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home in Grayling.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Willard Pfaff to Wellspring Lutheran Services, 1390 Maple Dr., Fairview, MI 48621, memo: To the activities group for residents.
Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.